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Family migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Brenda S. A. Yeoh,
  2. Cheng Yi En

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm217

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Yeoh, B. S. A. and Yi En, C. 2013. Family migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Usually understood as the movement of people across borders in the context of family-related decisions, family migration is not a novel phenomenon, for permanent emigration and settlement in new lands has been part of human experience historically. For example, the English migration of members of the Puritan religious community to New England in the 17th century, and the Jewish emigration to escape pogroms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, have largely involved the movement of intact families to less populous regions and in the process the transplantation of whole communities and cultures (Yeoh 2009).


  • women;
  • smuggling;
  • assimilation and exclusion;
  • gender;
  • child labor;
  • assimilation and exclusion;
  • disease;
  • family