Negotiating survival: undocumented Mexican immigrant women in the Pacific Northwest
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Anthropology and Museum Studies
Current analyses of Mexico–U.S. migration theory generally are based on socioeconomic contexts and decision-making processes of male respondents. Further, limited data available on undocumented Mexican immigrant women mainly address the Mexico–U.S. border area, and adjacent U.S. urban centers. Our qualitative study focuses on undocumented Mexican immigrant women residing in central Washington State, where the regional economy is dominated by agribusiness development and dependent on immigrant and migrant farm labor. This paper assesses propositions of neoclassical economic and social capital theories of international migration in explaining the women’s migration decision-making processes. Project data indicate that while the Pacific Northwest has been a primary migration destination for sometime, it now may be increasingly a second-stage U.S. migration site, following initial migration to more traditional destinations such as California.
Andrews, T. J., Ybarra, V. D., & Miramontes, T. (2002). Negotiating survival: undocumented Mexican immigrant women in the Pacific Northwest. The Social Science Journal, 39(3), 431–449. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0362-3319(02)00202-1
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