Cohort size and migration in a West Indian population

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Individuals often make migration decisions on the basis of economic circumstances. In the US, increased competition for jobs in large cohorts apparently led to reduced migration to large cities. In rural areas, greater competition for local resources might increase pressures to emigrate for members of large cohorts. But data from St. Barthelemy, French West Indies show that, for people born from 1878 to 1967, neither cohort size nor fluctuations in external demands for labor had a lasting effect on the probability of eventual migration. Emigration rates only slowed after the development of the local tourist industry brought prosperity to the island. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-721
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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