Featuring an analysis of immigration patterns in Washington DC, this book documents the predominance of women among Central American immigrants. It also plots the career trajectories of numerous Central American immigrant women and men to illustrate the array of women's responses.
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List of Tables and Maps Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Portrait of a Central American Sending Country 3. Portrait of a U.S. Receiving City 4. Labor Recruitment in the Nation's Capital 5. Working Women and Men in Washington's Labor Market 6. Manipulating New Immigration Laws 7. New Roles in a New Landscape 8. Conclusion Appendix: Methodology Notes Bibliography Index
"Waiting on Washington provides not only a historical documentary of an important era in Washington's history, but proves to be an insightful guide into the nature of immigration to the United States." - Washington History "Dr. Repak's study is competent, clearly written and sensitive to theoretical and policy-related questions in the field of migration research. Her book will be of interest to students of gender for its special attention to the role of women in migration. I believe it will be come a standard reference for a large interdisciplinary group of scholars whose interest range from migration to economic restructuring to gender and development." - M. Patricia Fernandez Kelly, The Johns Hopkins University "Terry Repak makes an important contribution to the immigration policy literature by exploreing a new dimension of the causes and effects of migration flows. She...extends traditional migration models by differentiating male and female migrants. The resulting analysis is a novel look at the factors that motivate people to move across borders, as well as the ways in which those people impact their new societies." - Demetrios Papademetriou, Director, International Migration Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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