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Lat Am Perspect. 2010;37(5):29-49.

Leaving to get ahead: assessing the relationship between mobility and inequality in Peruvian migration.

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  • 1Bryn Mawr College, Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Stratification, Tohoku University.


Analysis of the impact of international migration on the socioeconomic conditions of migrants and their families in Peru, using data from the Latin American Migration Project, suggests that international migration contributes to individuals' socioeconomic well-being. While those who migrate tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds in the first place, they gain further relative economic advantage by moving out of the country. A possible implication of this is that the growing international migration observed today is likely to exacerbate rather than ameliorate the already uneven distribution of income and rigid socioeconomic hierarchy in Peru.

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