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Title: A case study in labour migration : reluctant settlers : Jamaicans in the West Midlands, 1948-1984
Author: Thompson, Melseta Evadne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3530 5101
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1989
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This la an ethnography of Jamaica Migration to them UK. The purpose of the study la to locate migrants' views within the spectrum of migration debates; thereby bridging the gap between theories of migration and the perception/ experiences/stories of migrants. The continued remigration ambitions of the majority of this group of first generation labour migrants, despite forty years of residence in the UK, leads one to pool« the thesis that they are reluctant settlers. The sstudy explores this thesis, by highlighting and examining the social and economic context of labour migration from Jamaica to the UK during the 1940’ a to 1965 period. A number of theoretical dimensions are explored, relating to:- (1) Intricate macro and micro dynamic expelling factors in Jamaica (2) the socio- politico-economic factors surrounding the implosion and incorporation of African-Caribbean migrants into the British economy; (3) the employment characteristics of these migrant labourers, in terms of resource utility, actual and potential application within the receiving country, and remuneration for the migrants. By looking at various theoretical debates and raising sometimes 'controversial' issues- an attempt is made to come to grips with the basic pproblem of migration when it relates to groups of people who are perceived to be extremely different from the natives This study has come at an opportune time am it will inform and contribute to contemporary debates about the increasing politicisation and institutionalisation of racism and xenophobia, particularly in the climate of European Community consolidationn towards 1992. This by Implication la an attempt to ensure that the migrants’ view la not overlooked ln the above mentioned preparations and consolidations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor