Mexican Migration, Gender Differences and Geographic Dispersion in the 1990s

Mark A. Leach, Pennsylvania State University

The present research seeks to shed light on change in the dynamics of Mexican migration to the United States and settlement processes in the 1990s, a time of tremendous growth in Mexican migration flows and greater geographic diversity in migrant destinations. Specifically, the investigation that follows assesses: (1) change in the kinds of migration flows within which male and female migrants arrive in the United States; (2) whether settlement in newer destinations of Mexican migration indicate change in male/female migration processes; and (3) the extent to which such settlement diverges from traditional patterns of male and female Mexican migration and whether the role that gender plays has changed.

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