Crossing the U.S.-Mexican Border: Reasons Behind Illegal Immigration

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This paper describes the current theories of migration in the world, such as the: neoclassical economic theory, new economies theory and the historical-structural theory. Then the paper specifically focuses on the history of illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. It addresses the reasons behind illegal immigration into the United States. Push and pull factors are applied to this migration to explain the reasons behind this phenomenon. Social networks, wage differentials, high unemployment and remittances are addressed to seek explanations.


Keywords: Illegal Immigration, Mexican Immigration, Remittances, Migration
Stream: Immigration, Refugees
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Crossing the U.S.-Mexican Border


Ewelina Dzieciolowski

Student, Old Dominion University
Virginia Beach, VA, USA

I am currently completing a Master's in International Studies at Old Dominion University. I am focusing my thesis on illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States, and therefore have done a significant amount of research in this field.

Ref: D08P0090