Keywords

Mexico, Mexican immigration, geography, undocumented migration, migrant origins, migrant destinations, migration flows

Abstract

Using data from Mexico’s Matrícula Consular program, we analyze the geographic organization of undocumented Mexican migration to the United States. We show that emigration has moved beyond its historical origins in west-central Mexico into the central region and, to a lesser extent, the southeast and border regions. In the United States, traditional gateways continue to dominate, but a variety of new destinations have emerged. California, in particular, has lost its overwhelming dominance. Although the geographic structure of Mexico-U.S. migration is relatively stable, it has nonetheless continued to evolve and change over time.

Original Publication Citation

Massey, Douglas S., Jacob S. Rugh, and Karen A. Pren. 2010. “The Geography of Un-documented Mexican Migration,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 26(1): 129-152.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-02-01

Publisher

Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos

Language

English, Spanish

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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