Immigration in a Changing Economy by Kevin F. McCarthy

By Kevin F. McCarthy

Assesses the impression immigrants have made on California's financial system.

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They come to interview the emigrants because they do not know anything about emigration. The emigrants themselves never have that kind of opportunity. The emigrants get only words. It is clear that no one cares for the emigrants. Soon enough, I decided to no longer carry the tape recorder with me everywhere I went, and also to slow down the interrogations. I began, instead, to spend more time around the newspaper kiosks in the center of Athens, especially in and around the Omonia Square, as well as in certain cafés and fast-food eateries that drew emigrants, engaging in apparently casual chats with virtually any emigrant who seemed up to it.

A former teacher of French, for example, who was introduced to me by another emigrant as “a true intellectual who now earns her living cleaning homes,” did not want to repeat the same sentences about Albania’s poverty and Greece’s wealth before first assessing what I was really after: There are people who ask the emigrants—they come to us, like you are coming to me, to interview the emigrants. A professor from England came here last year, she also wanted interviews with the emigrants. She gave me a tape recorder, a small tape recorder, one that you can hold by hand.

In stores with more than two or three counters inside, those queued outside did not always know which of the counters would sell the eggs. So once “the eggs would open,” people would rush in and not always honor the queue in which they had been waiting outside. Never a One Will Know What Every Emigrant Knows 37 and had gone with him to Italy. They were not in touch with the aunt, of course.. . I actually think the aunt had died a long time before this volleyball story, but still their biography was not good.

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