RESEARCH PAPER

Prepared for online publication at www.storiesfordevelopment/research

By Claudette Russell

February 8, 2021

SECOND GENERATION RETURN MIGRANTS: 

THE NEW FACE OF BRAIN CIRCULATION IN THE CARIBBEAN

Abstract

The research on migration patterns has generally focused on the implications of mass movements of people from sending countries in the global South to receiving countries in the global North. The experiences and impact in sending countries such as the developing nations in Caribbean region have been largely overlooked due to their small populations.

 

This research explores the contribution that second generation immigrants relocating to the Caribbean are making on the region's  migration patterns, and their potential to contribute economically and socially to the region. The research is based on an extensive review of literature on return migration as well as focused data collection from 18 second generation return migrants to various countries in the Caribbean. Collectively, this mix-method approach culminates in a migration narrative that suggests that second generation return migrants are poised to become an ever more important group of return migrants to the Caribbean.

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