Deportation and Return in a Border-Restricted World

Experiences in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

  • Bryan Roberts
  • Cecilia Menjívar
  • Nestor P. Rodríguez

Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bryan Roberts, Cecilia Menjívar, Néstor P. Rodríguez
      Pages 3-26
  3. Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Return

  4. Deportation

  5. The New Disappeared

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-187

About this book


This volume focuses on recent experiences of return migration to Mexico and Central America from the United States. For most of the twentieth century, return migration to the US was a normal part of the migration process from Mexico and Central America, typically resulting in the eventual permanent settlement of migrants in the US. In recent years, however, such migration has become involuntary, as a growing proportion of return migration is taking place through formal orders of deportation. This book discusses return migration to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, addressing different reasons for return, whether voluntary or involuntary, and highlighting the unique challenges faced by returnees to each region. Particular emphasis is placed on the lack of government and institutional policies in place for returning migrants who wish to attain work, training, or shelter in their home countries. Finally, the authors take a look at the phenomenon of migrants who can never return because they have disappeared during the migration process. Through its multinational focus, diverse thematic outlook, and use of ethnographic and survey methods, this volume provides an original contribution to the topic of return migration and broadens the scope of the literature currently available. As such, this book will be important to scholars and students interested in immigration policy and Latin America as well as policy makers and activists.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bryan Roberts
    • 1
  • Cecilia Menjívar
    • 2
  • Nestor P. Rodríguez
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Corpus ChristiUSA

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