Branch migration and the international dispersal of families

Nick PARR, David LUCAS, Magdalena Mo Ching MOK

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This paper discusses the dispersal of families where family members migrate to different destination countries. Terminology for internationally dispersed families is proposed, and the term branch migration is suggested for the migration of related people from the same source country to different destination countries. Data from two 1993 surveys of senior secondary students show that 22% of Sydney students and 20% of Hong Kong students have relatives in two or more other countries. The data suggest that many Asian migrant families have branched between the US, Canada, Australia and other migrant-receiving nations. The causes and implications of the international dispersal of families are discussed. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-227
JournalInternational Journal of Population Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000


Parr, N., Lucas, D., & Mok, M. (2000). Branch migration and the international dispersal of families. International Journal of Population Geography, 6(3), 213-227.


  • Migration
  • Families
  • Dispersal
  • Sydney
  • Hong Kong


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