Mexico and its Diaspora in the United States

Mexico and its Diaspora in the United States : Policies of Emigration since 1848

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In the past two decades, changes in the Mexican government's policies toward the 30 million Mexican migrants living in the US highlight the importance of the Mexican diaspora in both countries given its size, its economic power and its growing political participation across borders. This work examines how the Mexican government's assessment of the possibilities and consequences of implementing certain emigration policies from 1848 to 2010 has been tied to changes in the bilateral relationship, which remains a key factor in Mexico's current development of strategies and policies in relation to migrants in the United States. Understanding this dynamic gives an insight into the stated and unstated objectives of Mexico's recent activism in defending migrants' rights and engaging the diaspora, the continuing linkage between Mexican migration policies and shifts in the US-Mexico relationship, and the limits and possibilities for expanding shared mechanisms for the management of migration within the NAFTA more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139126539
  • 9781139126533

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'In this fascinating history of migration from Mexico to the United States, Alexandra Delano shows the view from Mexico City looking north. Mexican diplomats have attempted to manage Mexico's connections with its emigrants within the context of a highly complex relationship with their giant US neighbor. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the diplomacy of international migration and the continuing saga of the ties binding these two countries.' David Fitzgerald, author of A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages Its Migration 'This masterful review of Mexico's policies towards its nationals emigrating to the United States sheds new light on one of the most important issues in the Mexico-US bilateral relationship - ways the two countries can cooperate to manage immigration. The sweep of the book is impressive, examining Mexican emigration policies from 1848 to the present. This is a very welcome addition to the literature on diaspora politics as well as immigration reform.' Susan Martin, Donald G. Herzberg Associate Professor of International Migration, Georgetown University 'The irrationality of a labor system based on illegality and high levels of risk for the Mexican workers desperately needed by US employers is blatant. Yet the political leaders on both sides of the militarized border seem incapable of finding rational and humane solutions. In this scholarly and engaged book, Alexandra Delano analyzes the twists and turns in more than 150 years of US-Mexican relationships, and shows how the current situation has come about. It is essential reading for all who make policies, work with migrants, and study migration.' Stephen Castles, Research Chair in Sociology, University of Sydney 'In this book, Delano makes some extremely important interventions that enlighten our understanding of Mexican immigration to the United States and the policy of both Mexico and the United States toward this migrant population.' Alyshia Galvez, Lehman College, City University of New Yorkshow more

Table of contents

1. The Mexican state's interests: a multi-level analysis; 2. The consolidation of the Mexican state and the 'safety valve' of emigration (1848-1942); 3. From the Bracero agreements to 'delinkage' (1942-82); 4. From a 'policy of having no policy' to 'a nation beyond Mexico's borders' (1982-2000); 5. Redefining Mexico's emigration policies (2000-6); 6. Institutionalizing state-diaspora relations (2000-6).show more