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Entangling Migration HistoryBorderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada$
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Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060736

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060736.001.0001

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Mexicans, Canadians, and the Reconfiguration of Continental Migrations, 1915–1965

Mexicans, Canadians, and the Reconfiguration of Continental Migrations, 1915–1965

(p.77) 3 Mexicans, Canadians, and the Reconfiguration of Continental Migrations, 1915–1965
Entangling Migration History

Bruno Ramirez

University Press of Florida

By adopting a comparative approach and a supra-national perspective, this chapter analyses the reconfiguration of migrations that occurred on a continental scale between the First World War and the late 1960s. It reconstitutes the main patterns marking the migration movements from Canada and Mexico to the United States during a period when Southern and Eastern European flows were drastically curtailed by U.S. quota regulations and the two neighboring countries became major contributors to the U.S. economy. Central to the chapter is the analysis of cross-border social spaces that emerged as Canadian and Mexican migrants gave rise to networks (based on kin and home-town relations) through which they moved in their search for economic betterment. This chapter reveals previously unknown aspects of the process whereby the socio-economies of the three North American countries became entangled—an aspect that can hardly be addressed by the single national historiographies.

Keywords:   Mexican Migrants 20th Century, Canadian Migrants 20th Century, Borderlands, Migration Networks, U.S. Immigration Quotas, Continental Migrations

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