Politics or Economics? International Migration during the Nicaraguan Contra War.

@article{Lundquist2005PoliticsOE,
  title={Politics or Economics? International Migration during the Nicaraguan Contra War.},
  author={Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Douglas s. Massey},
  journal={Journal of Latin American studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={37 1},
  pages={29-53}
}
The issue of whether Central Americans in the United States are 'political' or 'economic' migrants has been widely debated, yet little empirical research has informed the controversy. Earlier studies have relied primarily on cross-sectional aggregate data. In order to overcome these limitations we draw on recent surveys conducted in five Nicaraguan communities by the Latin American Migration Project. Using retrospective data, we reconstruct a history of a family's migration to the United States… CONTINUE READING