Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Jaime Sobrino
Chapter 16: Analysing internal migration pathways in Mexico
To date, there has been an important body of literature and research on the relationship between migration and the territorial distribution of population throughout the world, as well as between internal migration and national economic development. Research on internal migration has been carried out from the viewpoints of several different disciplines: demography, economics, geography, sociology, and anthropology. A fundamental division in that research has been as follows: “macro” contributions – which have attempted to analyse the interrelationships between migratory flows, on the one hand, and the economic, cultural, and environmental features of origin and destination points, and also income and human capital differentials between the two, on the other – and studies from a “micro” perspective, which have focused on the situation and decision-making processes of individuals and families regarding migration, as well as the role played by their age and life cycle in opportunities for movement and for evaluating destinations. In an intermediate position, we find research stressing migrants’ socio-demographic characteristics so as to concentrate on their selectivity and the effects of these flows on demographic, economic, and social structures at points of origin and destination.
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