Contexts of Reception, Post-Disaster Migration, and Socioeconomic Mobility

Asad, Asad L. 2015. "Contexts of Reception, Post-Disaster Migration, and Socioeconomic Mobility." Population and Environment 36(3): 279-310. doi: 10.1007/s11111-014-0221-4

43 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Last revised: 15 Sep 2015

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Asad Asad

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: September 19, 2014

Abstract

Current theories conceptualize return migration to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina as an individual-level assessment of costs and benefits. Since relocation is cost prohibitive, return migration is thought to be unlikely for vulnerable populations. However, recent analyses of longitudinal survey data suggest that these individuals are likely to return to New Orleans over time despite achieving socioeconomic gains in the post-disaster location. I extend the “context of reception” approach from the sociology of immigration and draw on longitudinal data from the Resilience in the Survivors of Katrina Project to demonstrate how institutional, labor market, and social contexts influence the decision to return. Specifically, I show how subjective comparisons of the three contexts between origin and destination, perceived experiences of discrimination within each context, and changing contexts over time explain my sample’s divergent migration and mobility outcomes. I conclude with implications for future research on, and policy responses to, natural disasters.

Suggested Citation

Asad, Asad, Contexts of Reception, Post-Disaster Migration, and Socioeconomic Mobility (September 19, 2014). Asad, Asad L. 2015. "Contexts of Reception, Post-Disaster Migration, and Socioeconomic Mobility." Population and Environment 36(3): 279-310. doi: 10.1007/s11111-014-0221-4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2463426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2463426

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