In a World on the Move, a Tiny Land Strains to Cope

Posted by Kendall Harmon

From the New York Times:

Virtually every aspect of global migration can be seen in this tiny West African nation, where the number of people who have left approaches the number who remain and almost everyone has a close relative in Europe or America.

Migrant money buoys the economy. Migrant votes sway politics. Migrant departures split parents from children, and the most famous song by the most famous Cape Verdean venerates the national emotion, “Sodade,” or longing. Lofty talk of opportunity abroad mixes at cafe tables here with accounts of false documents and sham marriages.

The intensity of the national experience makes this barren archipelago the Galapagos of migration, a microcosm of the forces straining American politics and remaking societies across the globe.

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Filed under: * International News & CommentaryAfrica

Posted June 25, 2007 at 11:03 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. MargaretG wrote:

For some years now we have had about double the number of Nauru -ians in New Zealand than there are in Nauru. It is sad for themwhen these countries are too small to support their people.

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