ABSTRACT

The focus of this chapter is upon migrants’ connections: to other migrants and to their countries of origin and destination. The chapter begins by showing how cultural and linguistic similarities between nations helped to pave the paths that migrants follow. Many migrants are also seen to be pulled by their connections to earlier arriving migrants, and both early and late arrivals are shown often to continue to make a series of moves. At each step, there is a strong tendency for migrants to remit a portion of their earnings to the families they left behind. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how and when people decide to return “home,” and the kinds of difficulties they typically confront in trying to reintegrate.