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The Indian CaribbeanMigration and Identity in the Diaspora$
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Lomarsh Roopnarine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814388

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814388.001.0001

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Indian Migration from the Caribbean to Europe and North America

Indian Migration from the Caribbean to Europe and North America

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(p.87) Chapter Five Indian Migration from the Caribbean to Europe and North America
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The Indian Caribbean
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Lomarsh Roopnarine

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814388.003.0071

This chapter discusses the migration of Caribbean Indians to developed countries in Europe and North America from the Second World War to today. It shows that special colonial associations with Caribbean countries and Europe as well as political turbulence and economic stagnation have caused Indians to engage in extra-regional migration. However, the change of immigration laws in Britain in particular and in the United States in the early 1960s shifted Indian migration to the latter destination. Of all the migration patterns, extra-regional migration has had the most profound impact on Indian society and culture in the Caribbean. This migration has helped to sustain Indian families and communities in the Caribbean through remittances. In contrast, it has also created unintended consequences in communities in terms of the breakdown of family unity and cohesion. Family members, especially fathers, have been separated for long periods because of extra-regional migration.

Keywords:   Caribbean Indians, developed countries, Caribbean countries, extra-regional migration, immigration laws, Indian migration, Indian society, Indian culture, Indian families, Indian communities

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