Since the signing of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, there has been a massive influx of West Indian immigrants in New York City. Today, the West Indian subpopulation has grown to be among the largest minority groups in New York City. With such strong ethnic presence, sociologists such as Nancy Foner, Philip Kasinitz, and Mary C. Waters have documented various aspects of the West Indian immigrant experience, such as degree of assimilation, ethnic and racial identities, and transnational relations. However, most of these studies focus on the Afro-Caribbean migrant experience and overlook the experiences of the many West Indians that are not of African descent. In actuality, the West Indies is a diverse region inhabited by peoples of various races. In fact, Indians make up a significant portion of the West Indian population, both in the Caribbean and in New York City. This paper aims to examine the Indo-Caribbean migration experience, exploring the distinct issues that affect this minority group. The study specifically targets Indo-Caribbean women, and highlights the ways immigration to New York City has affected their socio-economic statuses and social networks.
Persaud, Farah, "Immigration and Women's Empowerment: Indo-Caribbeans in New York City" (2008). Honors College Theses. 77.