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Immigrant Transnational Organizations And Development: A Comparative Study

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This chapter aims at making a contribution towards filling the knowledge gap with a systematic survey of immigrant organizations among three Latin American-origin immigrant groups in the East Coast of the United States. The data gathered in the course of the survey allows us to gain better understanding of the forces creating and sustaining these organizations and to test several preliminary hypotheses about the effects of contexts of exit and modes of incorporation in receiving countries on the character of immigrant transnationalism. The chapter focuses on the implications of the phenomenon for local and national development in sending countries. Colombians, Dominicans, and Mexicans were the groups selected for study. Social service agencies are also significantly less common among Colombian and Dominican immigrants, relative to Mexicans. Not only is the Mexican immigrant population larger than all other Latin American groups combined, but it is predominantly rural in origin.

Keywords: Dominican parties; Dominicans; Immigrant Transnational Organization; Mexicans



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