Mexican Migration to the United States: A Critical Review

Jorge Durand, Douglas S. Massey

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Although social scientists usually do not speak in terms of laws, they believe they are at least able to make valid empirical generalizations. In studies of Mexican migration to the United States, for example, generalizations drawn from the research literature abound. Thus the problem is not that generalizations are lacking but that they are frequently inconsistent and contradictory. Often such inferences are simply invalid because they are based less on evidence than on the investigator's own preconceptions. As a result, the field of Mexican migration studies has been plagued by a fragmented debate that seems to go on and on without resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-42
Number of pages40
JournalLatin American Research Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Anthropology
  • General
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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