Lynne Rienner Publishers Logo

Mexican Migration and the US Economic Crisis: A Transnational Perspective

Wayne A. Cornelius, David Scott FitzGerald, Pedro Lewin Fischer, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff, editors
Mexican Migration and the US Economic Crisis: A Transnational Perspective
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-4-4
ISBN: 978-0-9800560-5-1
2009/269 pages/LC: 2009035400
CCIS Anthologies, Vol. 7
Distributed for the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego

"I highly recommend this book to anyone committed to understanding the intricacies of migration. A stimulating resource for researchers and policymakers, it is suitable for graduate and undergraduate courses alike."—Laura V. Gonzalez-Murphy, Perspectives on Politics

"[The] detail of personal information accumulated over many years that is presented thoughtfully, well researched, and without drama ... affirm[s] this scholarly textbook a place both on an academic shelf and well beyond the classroom."—Geri Spieler, The Huffington Post


In this follow-up to Mayan Journeys, drawing on responses to more than 1,000 surveys and some 500 hours of in-depth interviews in both the Yucatán and the US, the authors document the economic coping strategies of migrants and their families, how migrant workers navigate the US job market, and how health, education, and community participation are being shaped by the ongoing economic crisis. A groundbreaking chapter explores how a "youth culture of migration" develops in a migrant sending community.


Wayne A. Cornelius is director emeritus of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD). David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in US-Mexican Relations, professor of sociology at UCSD, and co-director of CCIS. Pedro Lewin Fischer is senior researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia’s Centro Yucatán. Leah Muse-Orlinoff is a research assistant at Harder+Company Community Research.


  • Introduction—L. Muse-Orlinoff and P. Lewin Fischer.
  • Coping with La CrisisA. Aguilar, G. Hartman, D. Keyes, L. Markman, and M. Matus.
  • Double Jeopardy: How US Enforcement Policies Shape Tunkaseño Migration—J. Hicken, M. Cohen, and J. Narvaez.
  • Economic Crisis vs. Border Enforcement: What Matters Most to Prospective Migrants?—S. Borger and L. Muse-Orlinoff.
  • Inhabiting Two Worlds: Tunkaseños in the Transnational Labor Market—M. Gell-Redman, E. Andrade, A. Martell, and Z. Jiménez Pacheco.
  • Leaving to Learn or Learning to Leave: Education in Tunkás—T. Silva, C. Chang, C. Osuna, and I. Solís Sosa.
  • Values in Conflict: Youth in a Culture of Migration—B. Hawkins, Y. Minjares, L. Harris, and J. Rodríguez de la Gala.
  • The Family Dynamics of Tunkaseño Migration—K. Nielsen, A. Tiwari, D. Pasquini, L. Solórzano, and M. Wejebe.
  • Sweet Dreams and Bitter Realities: Nutrition and Health Care in Tunkás and the United States—P. Pérez, M.L. Reyes, P. Seo, J. Serrano, and L. Muse-Orlinoff.
  • Reshaping Community Participation: Tukaseños in a Binational Context—D. Keyes, C. Fernández, N. Rodríguez, D. Cervera, and L. Manzanero Rodríguez.
  • Appendix: Survey Questionnaire.