An Intergenerational Migration Experience: Social Mobility Among Return Migrants and their Families in Mexico Public Deposited

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  • Viera, Janelle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This study examines intergenerational social mobility pathways within families of mixed migratory status. Focusing on the residents of Leon, Mexico, I use a mixed methods analysis of interviews and survey data on 50 return migrants to Leon to identify signs of intergenerational social mobility within their families. The study finds that parental return migration plays a role in determining a family’s potential for upward mobility. Findings show that migrants’ labor market experiences, both abroad and upon return to the origin country, influence their likelihood of intergenerational social mobility. Labor market experiences prove especially influential over these families’ mobility pathways, with these experiences directly affecting the occupational and educational opportunities of the return migrants and their children, respectively. The study ultimately demonstrates international migration’s potential to disrupt social class reproduction and highlights the implications of migration on the future economic success of migrant families with low levels of traditional human capital.
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  • Mouw, Ted
  • Hagan, Jacqueline
  • Pearce, Lisa D.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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