The Roots of Mexican Labor Migration

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12
Circulatory Migration as a Domestic Strategy and an Institutionalized Process

Several secondary conclusions have been drawn in the preceeding chapters, for example, regarding the historical events that gave rise to the concentration of Mexico's migrant circulation in its West-Central region (see Chapter 2) and the nature of the migrant strategy (see Chapter 4). I also suggested that the Spanish Conquest transformed Chaudan's indigenous cultivators into landless sharecroppers and day laborers, which preadapted them to their present role as circulatory labor migrants when the hacienda system was destroyed. However, this chapter will focus on our two primary hypotheses.


THE OCCURRENCE OF LABOR MIGRATION AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL CYCLE OF THE DOMESTIC GROUP

TABLE 12.1
Summary of Survey Data on Migrancy
Mean number of years migrating= 3.3 years
Mean length of circulatory trips= 8.56 months
Age at last trip (years)
< 20= 13%
20-34= 46%
35-54= 28%
55+= 13%
Mean age= 34.7 years
Mean age at first trip= 19.8 years
Settled migrants= 20 % of total
Mean settlement period= 7.1 years
Mean age of settled migrants= 28.1 years

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