Experience of an Immigrant

When I was deliberating topics for my case study ethnography report I was inspired to examine some one very close to me who is “undocumented”, someone whose experience I have seen first hand, some one who has affected my life and understanding of immigrants with his situation; my partner, Mario. This class has exposed us to many writings on the subjects of migration, immigration and emigration. I began to compare the concepts and information in the readings to Mario’s personal situation. I was curious if his answer would be “In search of a better life” when asked, “Why did you come here?”

By offering personal insights and experiences regarding his/our situation I would like to discuss issues directly related to the expected learning outcomes that the course Migration and Culture had put forth in the beginning of the semester, including: patterns, transnational events, understanding why people migrate and impacts on the host and home communities of the migrants.

I had crated a semi-formal interview with Mario and asked questions that might help me and others understand the issu…



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