Envisioning Voluntary (Re)patriation to Ancestral Lands for Latinos in the United States


  • Xavier Medina Vidal Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, University of Arkansas http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3202-7358
  • José Tránsito Ayala Rodríguez Universidad de Arkansas


The aim of this study is to empirically analyze the attitudes of U.S.-based Latin American migrants toward return migration and the attitudes toward permanent emigration of their U.S.-born descendants. Through a quantitative analysis using data from a national survey conducted on U.S. territory, we demonstrate that "American/U.S." identity, "Latino" identity, the confines of Americanism, and experiences with racial-ethnic discrimination determine the willingness of U.S.-based Latinos to emigrate and relocate to their country of origin or ancestry. For Mexican Americans or "Chicanos" the factors that have the greatest impact on their willingness to migrate are the attachment to the "American" identity and the belief that to be American one has to be white. Meanwhile, non-Mexican migrants are more likely to contemplate emigration if they have been discriminated against in the US.


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How to Cite
Medina Vidal, X., & Ayala Rodríguez, J. T. (2022). Envisioning Voluntary (Re)patriation to Ancestral Lands for Latinos in the United States. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 17(2). https://doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2022.2.474