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6. Some migration such as Mini Kahlon’s was basically
for life style purposes. She felt the social environ more
conducive to her value system and provided her with a wider
canvass to explore job opportunities and relationships both
at personal and societal levels.
7. In some cases migration took places as a part of job opportunity
and upgrading by the husband though initially this was not
a factor in getting married.
8. In case of relatives from the villages, the motivation
was to have better living standard and to have more income
in comparison to earnings in India. The land sub-division
amongst children was looming large whereby living standards
were expected to be under pressure. More over with other relatives
being there as a result of marriage alliances, it was felt
that migration was merely shifting from the India based cluster
of relatives to overseas cluster with the support system already
in place. Better future for off-springs was an added incentive.
In Canada the old age benefits were attractive for senior
9. The motivation per se for each person to strike a new course
(and emigration is certainly so) may not be sufficiently strong
where local affluence or opportunity is attractive enough.
Efforts to migrate at a later age have not been less successful,
with men having more difficulty than women. For some years,
a woman parent, in fact, is sought after by migrant children
for obvious reasons. How long for, is a different matter?
10. Many Sikhs including me had a very strong temptation to
migrate during 1980’s because of problems as ethnic
minority in India. Had I been ten years younger, I would have
left India. One or two of my friends did migrate at that stage
of their lives.
I would like to have comments on the subject as each person’s
experience, back ground, motivation, value systems etc. are
different. So please do write in.