Sunday, 15 March 2009

Under the Radar, Migrants From Central Asia, Georgia Head To U.S.

March 15, 2009
By Richard Solash

NEW YORK -- In a cramped and dimly lit apartment in one of New York City’s predominantly Russian neighborhoods, three Kyrgyz women share a room. Each has traveled more than a fourth of the distance around the globe to get here, and their goal is clear: make money, use a little of it to get by, and send most of it back home.

These women are some of the nearly 50 illegal workers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia that Saltanat Liebert has studied for the past three years.

"The fairly large and growing group of migrants are migrants who arrive [in the United States] through irregular channels, meaning that they either come on tourist visas and overstay, or come through different channels," Liebert, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, says.
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