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A multistate life table approach to understanding return and reentry migration between Mexico and the United States during later life

Alma Vega and Noli Brazil
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Alma Vega: University of Pennsylvania
Noli Brazil: University of California, Davis

Demographic Research, 2015, vol. 33, issue 43, 1211-1240

Abstract: Background: Empirical research describes retirement migration to Mexico as a viable option for some older Americans. However, far less research examines this phenomenon among Mexican immigrants in the United States. The literature that does address this topic treats international migration as a singular occurrence and does not examine the possibility of return and subsequent reentry between countries. This omission creates an important gap in our knowledge of international retirement migration, considering the strong transnational ties that Mexican immigrants maintain to their home and destination countries. Objective: Using a multistate life table approach, this study examines the rate of return to Mexico and reentry back into the United States among Mexican males aged 50 and older with U.S. migration experience, as well as the number of years spent in both countries. Results: Results show that the rate of reentry from Mexico into the United States declined from 3.33% at ages 50-54 to less than 1% at age 70 and older (p

Keywords: Hispanic; migration; multistate life tables; Mexico; international retirement migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.43

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