Destination Intentions of Unauthorized Mexican Border Crossers and Familial Ties to US Citizens

The Sociological Quarterly, Forthcoming

Posted: 1 Apr 2020

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Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology

Daniel Martinez

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology

Date Written: March 3, 2020

Abstract

Drawing on random surveys of over 1,100 recently repatriated unauthorized Mexican migrants (the Migrant Border Crossing Study), we examine the relationships between individual-level factors and unauthorized migrants’ intended US destinations. We offer a novel approach for measuring a qualitatively distinct dimension of social ties relevant to the migration process: ties to family members with US citizenship. We find that social ties in respondents’ intended destinations and familial connections to US citizens are both significantly associated with variations in destination intentions. Ultimately, our results reveal how characteristics of social ties can differentially pattern a migration-related outcome.

Suggested Citation

Martinez-Schuldt, Ricardo and Martinez, Daniel, Destination Intentions of Unauthorized Mexican Border Crossers and Familial Ties to US Citizens (March 3, 2020). The Sociological Quarterly, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3547779

Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC
United States

Daniel Martinez (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

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