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Indigenous Migration Dynamics in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Longitudinal and Hierarchical Analysis

Citation

Davis, Jason; Sellers, Samuel; Gray, Clark L.; & Bilsborrow, Richard E. (2017). Indigenous Migration Dynamics in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Longitudinal and Hierarchical Analysis. Journal of Development Studies, 53(11), 1849-1864. PMCID: PMC5678965

Abstract

Amazonian indigenous populations are approaching a critical stage in their history in which increasing education and market integration, rapid population growth and degradation of natural resources threaten the survival of their traditions and livelihoods. A topic that has hardly been touched upon in this context is migration and population mobility. We address this by analysing a unique longitudinal dataset from the Ecuadorian Amazon on the spatial mobility of five indigenous groups and mestizo co-residents. Analyses reveal traditional and new forms of population mobility and migrant selectivity, including gendered forms of marriage migration and rural-urban moves driven by education. These results illustrate a dynamic present and an uncertain future for indigenous populations in which rural, natural-resource-based lifeways may well be sustained but with increasing links to urban areas.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2016.1262028

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Journal of Development Studies

Author(s)

Davis, Jason
Sellers, Samuel
Gray, Clark L.
Bilsborrow, Richard E.

PMCID

PMC5678965