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We Seek Work Where We Can: A Comparison of Patterns of Transnational Outmigration from a Rancho in Jalisco and of Internal Migration Into A Mexicali Squatter Settlement

Tamar Diana Wilson


To test the importance of migration networks in internal and transnational migration, two communities were chosen for comparative study: one, a squatter settlement on the U.S.-Mexican border and the other, a rancho (unincorporated rural village) in Jalisco. Mexicali was chosen as the border city for study because, despite high rates of inmigration as well as its position as the state capital of Baja California Norte, it has received less attention than cities such as Tijuana or Ciudad Juárez. The squatter settlement I call "Colonia Popular" was chosen from among several others because: (1) it was new enough, having been established in the last months of 1983, to contain many of the original invaders; (2) it has been in existence long enough so that patterns of kin-mediated chain migration would be evident; and (3) it was small enough to attempt to do a universal sample.

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