Assessing the Relationship between Remittance Receipt and Migration Intentions among Mexican Adolescents Living along the US-Mexico Border

Keywords: migration, remittances, Mexico, social capital theory, immigration

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

David Becerra, Arizona State University

Assistant Professor

Southwest Borderlands Scholar

School of Social Work

Elizabeth Kiehne, Arizona State University

Graduate Student

School of Social Work

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Published
2016-12-20
How to Cite
Becerra, D., & Kiehne, E. (2016). Assessing the Relationship between Remittance Receipt and Migration Intentions among Mexican Adolescents Living along the US-Mexico Border. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 11(2), 7-30. https://doi.org/10.20999/nam.2016.b001
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