If I Had Known, I Wouldn't Have Gone There

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‘If I’d known, I wouldn’t have come’ The importance of information in the migratory experience Diana Mata-Codesal Final Paper January 2006 Brighton, United Kingdom “If I´d known, I wouldn´t ha ve come” Table of Contents 1. Introduction ............................................................................................ 2 2. Literature dealing with information ........................................................ 3 3. Migrants´ networks ................................................................................ 4 3.1 Brokerage within the networks: the professionalization of the solidarity ................................................................................................. 5 3.2 “Failed” migrants: the social…show more content…
The hypothesis then is that the dissonance between the expectations, dreams, illusion of the emigrant and the despair, frustration and disillusion of the immigrant is mainly the result of utilizing the wrong information in the decision-making process. This paper is organised in five sections. The first one is a brief review of literature dealing with the issue of information. Immediately afterwards two relevant channels of information for would-be migrants are analysed, the migrant networks and the mass media, with the aim to highlight their associated drawbacks. Section fourth lists some consequences associated with the lack of information and the potential consequences of more and better information for the migrants themselves, and finally the last section speculates about the vested interest underlying the absence of attempts to improve information. As a methodological note, in the interest of illustration, where possible, brief migrants´ testimonies have been introduced. It is a way of letting the migrants tell us their own stories because, who else would know them better? [**] 2. Literature dealing with information Information has always been present in Migration studies. In the economic models its role was unproblematic since it was assumed to be perfect and costless (Borjas, 1989) – predictions of these models would be markedly different if this

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