Academic journal article Migration Letters

Mexican Migration to the United States

Academic journal article Migration Letters

Mexican Migration to the United States

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Mexican Migration to the United States. Edited by Harriett D. Romo and Olivia Mogollon-Lopez, Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press (2016, ISBN: 978-1-4773-0902-58).

When it comes to migration studies, perhaps the Mexican-US border is the most remarkable in terms of the volume of attention in academia and beyond. Borderlands and borders are important and in my opinion understudied as living spaces. Romo and Mogollon-Lopez compiled a distinguished set of researchers from both sides of this particular border to debate the moves, policies and outcomes.

Like in the case of any other migration corridor, the powerful partner receives more attention; most literature on Mexican migration focuses on the north side of the border. In this volume some key scholars in the field share their research, often based on recent data and scholarship. The edited book succesfully makes a point about interconnectedness of migration policy on both sides of the border.

This book offers abundance of empirical evidence to understand implications of migration for labor markets, families and children, and policy making and governance. Although contributors cover a wide array of topics, unauthorised migration constitutes a central component of the debates.

On the one hand several articles in the volume points that overall Mexican migration to the US -unauthorised or not- has been in decline for a while. Like in other emerging market countries, Mexico also developed to a level where outmigration is beaten by immigration and desire to migrate falls. We have seen similar trends in Turkish-German migration corridor too. As Alba in this book alludes to, migration trends from emerging economies have reversed mainly due to levelling of economic opportunities and a degree of stability as the case in Mexico.

In chapters focusing on migration policy and unauthorised migration, the running themes revolve around a rights focused approach. That is evidently the case for recent migration policy developments in Mexico. It is part of the identity debates as well as debates over education and welfare services. …

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