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Thus, even the life cycle of the individual, which has been used to explain certain migratory behaviour (McHugh, 1984), has not been understood in terms of the change in the image at different stages of life, especially with respect to the household and family. As in the cases of other circumstantial or environmental influences, stage in the life cycle has been used not in its proper place as influences upon the image and thus the subsequent behaviour, but rather as motivational or other determining factors in the pattern of behaviour.

In particular, these are some of the variations which have had a considerable bearing upon the differing nature of the migration fields of the respective countries. The question which remains concerns the effect of location and size on the migration process itself, and especially as it is influenced by and relates to the nature, volume and diffusion of information. Economic performance The underlying long-term formal economic goal? of Caribbean countries are to increase their levels of development.

Thirdly, as sometimes occurs, the image may change in quite a radical way. Fourthly, a message may bring about a re-evaluation of self, one's position in social space and sets of relationships, one's opportunities or constraints, obligations or aspirations. This will have the effect of altering the fundamental basis on which information from the environment is converted into messages. The impact of messages received may have no significant influence on the image for various reasons. The image in the context of migration, is a tenacious construct.

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