Article Summaries: Cuban Migration


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Article Summaries: Cuban Migration

Title: Chapter 3: A History of Cuban Migration

Date: 2003

Author: Hernández, Roger E

Database: EBSCO


The article begins by pointing out the history of immigration in the United States. Giving exclusion and inclusion criteria, the article points out that health, ethnicity, and geographical location played a key role in the acceptance of immigrants into the United States. It points out that at some point; the Asians were restricted from entering into the country while Europeans were allowed. One of the issues that have been insisted upon about the immigration of Cuban in America is the fact that there were groups that existed and thus it made it easier for other to move into Florida after Fidel Castro. In effect, it is pointed out that majority of these people had power and worked in funding and supporting the American Revolution War. Additionally, the article points out that the Cuban immigrants played a key role in influencing the economy of America such as the Cuban factory. The same Cuban immigrant also helped in the fight for Cuba independence by funding and organizing. The articles highlight the Freedom Flight, The rafter and Mariel as key elements in the Cuban migration history.

Title: US-Cuba thaw: What will happen to cold-war Cuban migration policy?

Date: 2/4/2015

Author: Howard LaFranchi Staff writer

Database: EBSCO


This article approaches the issue of Cuban migration from the point of view of the present policies. In identifying the migration laws, the discussion points out to the seemingly differentiated application of immigration laws of the Cuban people and the rest of the immigrant population. It emphasizes on the call to change and the impact it has on the Cuban living in the United States and the view of their attaining the American citizenship. The article goes on ahead to point out several of the hearings in Miami-Dade County and Florida as a call for the normalization of relationships between the two countries. However, the article is quick to point out the challenges that are being faced by both governments each failing to give up on its objectives. In effect, the discussion highlights the danger of poor international relations between the countries that may be a fuel for a cold war era.

Title: The magnetism of Miami: Segmented paths in Cuban migration

Date: Oct 1997

Authors: McHugh, Kevin E; Miyares, Ines M; Skop, Emily H.

Database: ProQuest


This article delves into the migration pathways that the Cuban followed into getting into the United States. The approach of delivery has been done by highlighting the lifestyle choices and impact in the transformation of Miami into a metropolitan area. Consideration is first given to the Cuban settlement pattern of clustering as an ethnic group. This points out to the close community contact that is related to their origin from an island thus dubbing Miami and the Big Island. This discussion then shifts to the explanation on the segmented pathways defined by the interregional migration across America in search of greener pasture. The author delves into this school of thought a conceptualized theory on the strive economic power, professionalism, and assimilation in order to adjust to the way of life. In looking at this aspect, the article creates a picture of a society that took advantage of the opportunities presented and thus a familial and ethnic networking system evident in their historical setting. As a result, the article gives facts on the migration pattern and its impact on the influence the Cuban population had on the general growth of Miami and the Dade County while retaining their cultural identity.

Title: From refugees to model minorities: Cuban-Americans and the media in Miami, 1960 – 1970

Date: 2013

Author: Navarrete, Jeanine

Database: ProQuest


The emerging of the issues of Cuban as part of the minority group in America has been discussed at length in this article. Through the consideration of several campaign and literature that point out the settlement of Cubans in Miami and their socioeconomic successes, the article reflects on their assimilation into the America citizenship population. It shows a picture of the freedom and success story of the exiled community and in acuity point them out to be model American. The argument in this article is the validity of this stamen by voicing out the different ideologies that have been said over time in an effort to support the growth of Cuba and America. The author points out the origin of these relations and effectively communicates the impact of assimilation of Cubans on the socio-economic stability of Miami.

Title: Central American Gangs

Date: January 30, 2015

Author: Peter Katel

Database: CQ Researcher


This article points out one of the key issues that cause Cubans to seek asylum in the present day, especially in the United States. By pointing out the increasingly violent activities and adopted culture of gangs, the article delves into the core reasons of the choice to migrate. There is the voice of the people mentioned in the article by insisting on the failures of leadership into mitigation the problem but instead, they are participating in making it worse through corruption. However, the article also points out the implication of this migration to the security of the United stated. It cautions on the protection combined with humanitarian aid and moral consideration especially when it comes unaccompanied to children and teenagers.


Hernández, Roger E. “Chapter 3: A History of Cuban Migration.” Cuban Immigration, Mason Crest Publishers, 2003, pp. 12–26. EBSCOhost,

Katel, Peter. “Central American Gangs.” CQ Researcher, 30 Jan. 2015, pp. 97-120,

McHugh, Kevin E., Ines M. Miyares, and Emily H. Skop. “The Magnetism of Miami: Segmented Paths in Cuban Migration.” Geographical Review, vol. 87, no. 4, 1997, pp. 504-519. ProQuest,

Navarrete, Jeanine. From Refugees to Model Minorities: Cuban-Americans and the Media in Miami, 1960 – 1970. Order No. 1545098 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013 Ann ArborProQuest. 3 Oct. 2018 .