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Mexico–United States labor migration, 1980s to present

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  1. Emily T. Garr

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm366

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Garr, E. T. 2013. Mexico–United States labor migration, 1980s to present. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Mexico–US labor migration refers to the movement of individuals from Mexico to the United States for the primary purpose of permanent or temporary employment and remuneration. It encompasses both the emigration of Mexicans to the United States and transit migration from Central and South American countries through Mexico to the United States. Because Mexicans make up the largest cohort of foreign-born workers in the United States, the discussion here centers on the first: the emigration of Mexican-born nationals and the characteristics related to their economic activity.

Keywords:

  • immigration;
  • Central America;
  • labor;
  • labor supply