Continuities in transnational migration: an analysis of nineteen Mexican communities

D. S. Massey, L. Goldring, J. Durand

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Researchers working in Mexican communities have observed both regularities and inconsistencies in the way that transnational migration develops over time. This article presents a theory that accounts for these uniformities and discrepancies and proposes a method to compare the process of migration across communities. It also argues that studies must report and control for the prevalence of migration within communities. Data from 19 Mexican communities show that predictable demographic, social, and economic changes accompany increases in migratory prevalence. Although international migration begins within a narrow range of each community's socioeconomic structure, over time it broadens to incorporate other social groups. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1492-1533
Number of pages42
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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