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The Geographical Review
October 1997, Vol. 87 (4), pp. 504-519
The Magnetism of Miami:
Segmented Paths in Cuban Migration
Kevin E. McHugh, Ines M. Miyares,and Emily H. Skop
Miami is the primate city in a system of urban settlements that make up a Cuban ethnic archipelago in the United States. The city is also a national magnet, attracting Cuban migrants from metropolitan regions across the archipelago. Four large secondary cores of Cubans outside Florida serve as major "feeders" to the Miami enclave: northern New Jersey, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Currents of migration to Miami are especially strong among older, foreign-born, and disadvantaged Cubans, an indication of segmented paths in Cuban assimiliation. Although concentration in Metropolitan Miami has been the Cuban story over the past three decades, processes of deconcentration now may well be underway.
Keywords: Cubans, ethnic archipelago, Miami, migration, segmented assimilation.
Dr. McHUGH is an associate professor of geography at Arizona State University, where MS. SKOP is a doctoral candidate in geography. DR. MIYARES is an associate professor of geography at Hunter College-CUNY, New York.
To contact the lead author: Professor Kevin E. McHugh
Department of Geography
P.O. Box 870104
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0104
Phone: (602) 965-7533, (602) 965-8313 fax