How Age Impacts Reasons for Migration: Examining Migration from Northern Latin America to the United States
Arts and Sciences
Previous studies on migration lack a focus on how age is a variable in the understanding of why individuals migrate when they do. This research provides a comprehensive examination on how age determines one’s reason for migration. Using the process of content analysis, I evaluated 30 interviews collected and transcribed by the Minnesota Digital Library for individuals that migrated to the United States from Northern Latin America during the time frame 1960 to the present. I examine to see if children (ages 0-17) migrate for family reunification, young adults (ages 18-30) migrate for economic reasons, adults (ages 31-60) migrate due to community causation/social networks, and if older adults (ages 61+) migrate for family reunification. My analysis showed that children migrate for family reunification and young adults migrate for economic reasons; however, my analysis was unable to confirm why adults migrate as there was no majority reason and I was not able to explain why older adults migrate due to a lack of data within that particular age category. Age is an important factor in studying migration as it allows for a detailed understanding of who is migrating to the United States and their reasons behind their action.
Van Oss, Hilary, "How Age Impacts Reasons for Migration: Examining Migration from Northern Latin America to the United States" (2019). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 844.