Pioneers and Followers: Migrant Selectivity and the Development of U.S. Migration Streams in Latin America

David P. Lindstrom, Brown University
Adriana Lopez Ramirez, Brown University

This paper presents a method for dividing the historical development of community migration streams into an initial period and a subsequent take-off stage with the purpose of systemically differentiating between pioneer migrants and follower migrants. The analysis is organized around the following research questions: (1) can we empirically identify a junction point in the historical development of community-based migration streams that marks the transition from an initial stage of low levels of migration and gradual growth into a take-off stage in which the prevalence of migration grows at a more accelerated rate? (2) does this juncture point exist at roughly similar migration prevalence levels across communities? (3) are first-time migrants in the initial stage (pioneers) different from first-time migrants in the take-off stage (followers)? (4) what is the nature of this migrant selectivity? and (5) does the nature and degree of pioneer selectivity vary across country migration streams?

  See extended abstract

Presented in Session 26: Data and Methods of Migration Analysis