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Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur, and Nirvikar Singh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.001.0001

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The Other One Percent

Sanjoy Chakravorty

Devesh Kapur

Nirvikar Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship of Indian Americans with the country of origin, and their influence on relations between the United States and India as well as for immigration policy. This influence includes economic exchanges and flows of information and ideas and facilitated stronger U.S.–India relations. Their economic success raises questions about the future of immigration policy, in particular the selection and context of reception. The evidence strongly suggests that how one comes into the country is critical to one’s likelihood of economic success, a factor that has been underplayed in the immigration literature. The book concludes with some crystal-gazing about the future of Indians in America and speculates that the Indian-American population could possibly double in a couple of decades.

Keywords:   Immigration policy, second generation, U.S.–India relations, remittances, selection, ideas

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