US Retirement Migration to Mexico: Understanding Issues of Adaptation, Networking, and Social Integration

  • Viviana RojasEmail author
  • H. Paul LeBlancIII
  • Thankam S. Sunil


This paper describes the cultural adaptation of American retirees living in two traditional retirement destinations in Mexico (Lake Chapala, state of Jalisco and San Miguel de Allende, state of Guanajuato). Based on 375 surveys and follow-up interviews, the authors discuss issues of adaptation, identity, and networking with the American and local community. Findings present a complex picture of adaptation and integration to the Mexican community as well as networking with other US residents. The comparative case study allows researcher to see the different social and economic dynamics taking place in the two destinations. This study contributes to understand a largely ignored migration flow that is directly related to the aging of the baby boomers generation.


USA Mexico Retirement migration Lifestyle migration Integration Transnationalism Baby boomers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviana Rojas
    • 1
    Email author
  • H. Paul LeBlancIII
    • 1
  • Thankam S. Sunil
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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