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The African Caribbean Diaspora in UK and US. What factors fuelled migration from Caribbean to Europe and US? Comparing the fate and fortune of Caribbean people in UK and the US Do Caribbeans abroad constitute a diaspora of a diaspora?. Rough numbers in US and UK Causes of migration:

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The African Caribbean Diaspora in UK and US


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  • What factors fuelled migration from Caribbean to Europe and US?

  • Comparing the fate and fortune of Caribbean people in UK and the US

  • Do Caribbeans abroad constitute a diaspora of a diaspora?


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  • Rough numbers in US and UK

  • Causes of migration:

  • Declining fortunes of sugar

  • Structural unemployment

  • History of migration and changing nature of immigration policy

  • Case study of Jamaica


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Differing fortunes?

  • Common perception that English speaking African Caribbeans are more successful in the US than African Americans?

  • What about the European experience?


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  • Foner argues in UK first generation were racialised because they entered a predominantly white society, in New York they entered a city with centuries of large scale immigration and ethnic diversity


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  • BUT much higher levels of residential segregation in New York than say London

  • Much higher levels of inter-ethnic partnership compared to any other ethnic group in UK


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  • So does the ‘common perception’ of US ‘success’ and UK ‘disappoint’ hold scientifically?

  • In UK the comparisons are made with whites, in US with African Americans


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Diaspora of a Diaspora?


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  • Not one, but a number of diasporas which are complex and dynamic


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