The context of return migration: challenges of mixed-status families in Mexico's schools

Dulce Medina, Cecilia Menjívar

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Abstract

As a result of US immigration and enforcement policies, Mexico has experienced the arrival of mixed-status families coming from the USA. We examine these families’ experiences of return to central Mexico through the lens of a ‘context of return’, by focusing on how the Mexican government, particularly schools, has received returned migrants. Based on in-depth interviews with thirteen mixed-status families who returned to Mexico in 2005–2010, we show how the citizenship and legal status of the various family members determine their incorporation in Mexico. As these legal statuses are shaped by both the US context of reception and the Mexican context of return, we argue that the two contexts are intimately related and shape the contours of the families and their incorporation upon their return.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2123-2139
Number of pages17
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 26 2015

Keywords

  • context of return
  • international migration
  • Mexico
  • mixed-status families
  • return migration
  • US immigration enforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Anthropology

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