Central American Migration to Mexico and the United States: The Influence of Gender on Destinations and Destinies (Working Paper #182)

Carmen Fernández Casanueva, Research Fellow, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Mexico); Guest Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

Abstract: This article explores the role gender plays on the development of migratory trajectories of Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran labour migrants crossing the Guatemala-Chiapas border. It aims to assess the way gender influences the migration processes of those crossing either to work in the borderland of Chiapas and/or with the intention of travelling northwards to enter the United States of America. By using elements of structuration theory, it contributes to the study of migration by incorporating gender as a constitutive element in the migratory process of Central Americans crossing and living in the southern border area of Mexico; an important and understudied borderland within the North American system of migration.

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