Assessing the relationship between remittance receipt and migration intentions among Mexican adolescents living along the U.S.-Mexico border

David Becerra, Elizabeth Kiehne

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Abstract

One of the highest binational population and remittance exchanges in the world occurs between Mexico and the United States. Building on social capital theory, this study investigated the relationship between household remittance receipt and the migration intentions of 980 Mexican adolescents living along the border. Hierarchical regressions revealed that the receipt of remittances predicted the self-reported desire to live in and intentions to move to the United States after high school graduation. Having a parent in the U.S. was related to intentions to migrate, but did not change the relationship between remittances and migration intentions. The author draws implications for policy and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-30
Number of pages24
JournalNorteamerica
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • Mexico
  • Migration
  • Remittances
  • Social capital theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Law

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