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Immigrants in Their Parental Homeland: Half a Million U.S.-born Minors Settle Throughout Mexico


Autor institucional : Demography, Vol.56.
Autor/Autores: Claudia Masferrer, Erin R. Hamilton y Nicole Denier
Fecha de publicación: Julio 2019
Alcance geográfico: Nacional
Publicado en: Estados Unidos
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Resumen: In the past 10 years, a historical change occurred in migration flows within North America: specifically, MexicoľU.S. migration reached zero net migration. Alongside Mexican adults returning to their homeland was an unprecedented number of U.S.-born minors. Little is known about this massive migration of U.S. citizen children. We analyze Mexican census data from 2000 to 2015 to estimate the size and characteristics of the population of U.S.-born minors residing in Mexico. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of U.S.-born minors doubled to more than half a million. The population stabilized, aged, and became longer-term Mexican residents thereafter. The large majority of U.S.- born minors are primary schoolľaged. Although concentrated in the northern border and traditional migrant-sending regions, U.S.-born minors are distributed throughout Mexico. The majority of U.S.-born minors live in Mexico with two Mexican-born parents, but one-third are separated from one or both parents, and most of those separated from parents reside with grandparents. We interpret these trends in reference to the determinants of MexicoľU.S. migration, transnational and mixed-status families, and the future spatial and social mobility of U.S.-born minors living in Mexico.



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