The Hispanic Caribbean Islands’ Diasporas: a Transnational Comparison


  • Jorge DUANY University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Puerto Rico)


diaspora, transnationalism, migration, borders, Hispanic Caribbean Islands


This essay approaches the concept of diaspora within the context of transnationalism and border crossing. Then it compares the diasporas from the His-panic Caribbean islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico), tracing a brief demographic profile and describing their economic significance for the sending coun-tries. Later on, the author proposes that the migrants‘ ties with their countries of origin depend substantially on the interaction between sending and receiving governments. Above all, he assesses the long-term repercussions of the legal status of Cubans, Do-minicans, and Puerto Ricans in the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico, a second-ary destination for Cuban and Dominican migrants.


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