Individual and Household Characteristics of Mexican Return Migration by Community of Return in 2005

Claudia Masferrer, University of Texas at Austin
Bryan Roberts, University of Texas at Austin

Stopping migration in the United States has not been achieved with recent border enforcement and people from all over the world continue to arrive. Some suggest that this may be locking people inside the country and threatening the previous temporary character of the migration of workers by transforming it into immigration. The authors have previously worked on the relationship between Mexican return migration and the rural-urban duality, its relationship with poverty at the community level, and have characterized the localities that are attractive to return to. They now present a profile or typology of Mexican returnees using the complete set of individual and household records of the 2005 Mexican population count regarding their socio-demographic characteristics as well as their poverty condition, with the objective of understanding how they are living after the migratory experience and indirectly estimating the characteristics of people who do not return to their places of origin.

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Presented in Session 190: Changing Patterns of Mexico-United States Migration and Return Migration