I would like to thank Kevin McHugh for his valuable suggestions and editorial assistance with this paper, and to acknowledge the helpful comments from three anonymous reviewers. My thanks also to Don Bergeron at the Phoenix District Office of the INS and to Lisa Harner and Barbara Trapido-Lurie for their cartographic help.
Continuity Amidst Change: Undocumented Mexican Migration to Arizona*
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
The Professional Geographer
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 399–411, November 1995
How to Cite
Harner, J. P. (1995), Continuity Amidst Change: Undocumented Mexican Migration to Arizona. The Professional Geographer, 47: 399–411. doi: 10.1111/j.0033-0124.1995.00399.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Initial submission, June 1994; revised submissions, December 1994, March 1995; final acceptance, March 1995.
- historical ties;
- undocumented migration;
This study examines geographic patterns of undocumented Mexican migration to Arizona, utilizing Immigration and Naturalization Service records of deportable Mexican aliens. The analysis uses a comparison with known patterns for other destination states, as well as with historical information on Mexican migration to Arizona. The results reveal the importance of Arizona's unique historical connections with Mexico in formulating networks, which build on regional ties with Sonora and the greater Mexican northwest. Results also support the emergence of new migration systems, particularly the link with internal migration within Mexico through redistributor cities and migrant origins from outside of traditional sending areas.