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Caste and international migration, India to the UK

Migration A–Z

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  1. Meena Dhanda

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm105

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Dhanda, M. 2013. Caste and international migration, India to the UK. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The paths of those who leave home for foreign lands are rarely straight or simple. Very seldom is there a yellow brick road leading to an emerald city. Some people need to escape from hopelessness. Others are beckoned by the allure of promises. Sometimes the direction of the journey may unexpectedly change and at other times the decisions of others leave the travelers with no choice but to go with the flow. In different ways – destiny, irrationality, and the desire for the unknown – surge people forward in just the same way as compulsions of a more palpable kind, such as economic advancement and fleeing from persecution, play their part in making people leave home for foreign lands. The same vagaries of chance also apply to the “decisions” people make to stay put in a foreign land and not return “home.” How does the caste of a person – high or low – impact upon their experience of migration?

Keywords:

  • Asia;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • empire;
  • imperialism;
  • labor supply;
  • faith