Assessing the Relationship between Remittance Receipt and Migration Intentions among Mexican Adolescents Living along the US-Mexico Border
One of the highest binational population and remittance exchanges in the world occurs between Mexico and the US. Building on social capital theory, this study investigated the impact of remittance receipt on the migration intentions of Mexican adolescents living along the border (N = 984). Hierarchical regressions revealed the receipt of remittances predicted self-reported (1) desire to live in and (2) intentions to move to the US after graduation. Having a parent in the US was related to intentions to migrate, but did not moderate the relationship between remittances and migration intentions. Implications for policy and future research are made.
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