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Assessing the Effect of Increased Deportations on Mexican Migrants’ Remittances and Savings Brought Home
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8422-7023
Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, USA.
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Abstract [en]

Beginning in the 1990s and intensifying after the events of September 11, deportations in the U.S. increased to record levels under President Obama and continue to be high today. Empirical evidence on how migrants respond to this shifting context of reception is limited. In this study, we examine how deportations affect Mexican migrants’ remittance and saving decisions. Migrant remittances and savings comprise a significant portion of foreign exchange within migrant-sending countries and foreign earnings play a central role in helping families to overcome budget constraints. Moreover, they are important indicators of integration and migrants’ levels of investment in the destination. Using detailed individual-level data from the Mexican Migration Project (MMP), we find that, among undocumented migrants, increases in deportations are associated with a shift from savings brought back to Mexico to the sending of remittances. At the same time, deportations reduce savings among documented migrants, with no corresponding increase in remittances.

Keywords [en]
remittances, savings, immigration enforcement, deportations, transnational ties
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176111DiVA, id: diva2:1372154
Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved
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