Today's migrants often build strong networks in their new lands, connecting with the people and cultural practices they left behind. These mutual aid networks can foster vibrant independent economies — and their success has little to do with economic development planned at the national level.
It is migrants themselves who build these networks.
We find that migrants bring success where they settle, despite unfounded rhetoric to the contrary.
In researching the Murid, we asked: what kind of economic networks are fueled by migrants' cultural connections? How do individuals succeed within these networks, and why do they migrate?
We extended the study to include the Bai, a Chinese surname clan with networks throughout Southeast Asia. In both groups, we found stories of great success - important to add to the debate on migrant economic contributions worldwide.
Meet the Murid and the Bai