Discovering Diverse Mechanisms of Migration: The Mexico-U.S. Stream from 1970 to 2000

Citation:

Garip F. Discovering Diverse Mechanisms of Migration: The Mexico-U.S. Stream from 1970 to 2000. Population and Development Review [Internet]. 2012;38 (3) :393-433.
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Abstract:

Migrants to the United States are a diverse population. This diversity, captured in various migration theories, is overlooked in empirical applications that describe a typical narrative for an average migrant. Using the Mexican Migration Project data from about 17,000 first-time migrants between 1970 and 2000, this study employs cluster analysis to identify four types of migrants with distinct configurations of characteristics. Each migrant type corresponds to a specific theoretical account, and becomes prevalent in a specific period, depending on the economic, social and political conditions. Strikingly, each migrant type also becomes prevalent around the period in which its corresponding theory is developed.

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