New world orders: Continuities and changes in Latin American migration

Jorge Durand, Douglas S. Massey

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Although migration from Mexico to the United States is more than a century old, until recently most other countries in Latin America did not send out significant numbers of migrants to foreign destinations. Over the past thirty years, however, emigration has emerged as an important demographic force throughout the region. This article outlines trends in the volume and composition of the migrant outflows emanating from various countries in Latin America, highlighting their diversity with respect to country of destination; multiplicity of destinations; legal auspices of entry; gender and class composition; racial, ethnic, and national origins; and the mode of insertion into the receiving society. The review underscores the broadening of international migration away from unidirectional flows toward the United States to new streams going to Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, as well as to other countries in Latin America itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-52
Number of pages33
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • International migration
  • Latin America
  • Undocumented migration


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