ICS Lecture: “Migration, Diaspora, Economic Development and Regional Integration in the Caribbean”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Institute of Labor Relations at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Migración, diáspora, desarrollo económico e integración regional en el Caribe” [Migration, Diaspora, Economic Development and Regional Integration in the Caribbean] by Dr. Héctor Cordero-Guzmán (Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International  Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY).

The activity will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at Room 238 of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: This presentation discusses the migration patterns from the Caribbean islands since 1990, and the development of Latin American and Caribbean communities in the US in the last three decades. This population is estimated at close to 4 million people, or almost 10% of the immigrant population in the United States; 90% comes from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. Although immigrants from the Lesser Antilles are proportionally less numerous than those from the Greater Antilles, they represent a considerably higher portion of the total population of their islands of origin. Therefore, it is estimated that, while 14% of the population of the Greater Antilles has emigrated, this proportion represents 22% of the inhabitants of the Lesser Antilles.

The immigrant communities develop their organizations in the communities of destination, and these groups support the migratory process, by offering connections to social services; represent the interests of the community; and serve as a bridge for the movement of ideas, resources, merchandise, capital, remittances and population with the communities and countries of origin. Advances in transportation, telecommunications, and the proliferation of forms of digital communication also facilitate these connections between one side and the other. In addition, many of these immigrant communities establish ties with other groups and populations of the region, which gives an important role to the Caribbean Diasporas in the incipient processes of regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu

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