Migration, development, and segmented assimilation: A conceptual review of the evidence

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This article first gives attention to the ongoing debate about the role of remittances on development. The author presents evidence showing that monetary transfers can induce economic vitality but also expand inequalities in countries of origin. Second, the author examines a phenomenon given little attention until now: the extent to which policies aimed at curtailing unauthorized immigration to the United States are promoting instead the permanent immigration and settlement of vulnerable workers and their families, thus increasing the likelihood that some of their children will respond to hostility and limited opportunity through downward assimilation. When deported, those youngsters transfer deviant styles of life learned abroad to their home communities. International migration has thus become a key element in the study of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-97
Number of pages25
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Downward mobility
  • Migration
  • Remittances
  • Segmented assimilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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