Identity and Adaptation of Migrants from the English-Speaking Caribbean in Britain and North America

  • Elizabeth M. Thomas-Hope


Emigration from the former British Caribbean has dispersed West Indians1 throughout the Caribbean coastlands of Central and South America, to the eastern cities of the United States and Canada and to most of the large urban centres of the United Kingdom. In the century which followed the abolition of apprenticeship laws in the British colonies, the immigration of foreigners and emigration of West Indian-born people proceeded simultaneously.2 So dramatic was the increase in the numbers of those leaving the islands, that within 50 years they had superseded immigration both in volume and importance and institutionalised emigration had become an established aspect of Caribbean life (Thomas-Hope, 1978).


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  1. 7.
    A similar situation has been shown to occur in relation to French West Indians in France. See F. H. M. Raveau and J. Galap, ‘de Recherche et detude des dysfonctions de l’aptation’, mimeographed report. F. Raveau, et al., ‘Approche Psycho-Anthropologique de l’adaptation de Migrants Antillais’, Cahiers d’Anthropologie, 3 (1976), 71–107.Google Scholar

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