Continuity and Change in Mexican Migrant Hometown Associations: Evidence from New Survey Research

Lauren Duquette-Rury, Xochitl Bada



Scholars have spent the past two decades researching Mexican hometown associations (htas). However, little is known about the variation in clubs organizational structure since studies are largely based on case studies from traditional sending states.

Using original survey data, findings reveal that municipal authorities play a more prominent role in the formation of Mexican htas and local residents are more engaged in collective remittance projects than previously realized. Moreover, hta leaders are members of civic associations in both Mexico and the U.S. and maintain a sense of belonging to both societies, suggesting more flexibility in the construction of overlapping collective identities.

Continuidad y cambio en clubes de oriundos mexicanos en Estados Unidos: Evidencia de una nueva encuesta


En las últimas dos décadas, numerosos estudios han analizado a los clubes de oriundos mexicanos; sin embargo, aún sabemos muy poco sobre la variación en la estructura organizativa de éstos, ya que los hallazgos se basan principalmente en estudios de caso de los estados de origen tradicionales.

Utilizando datos originales de una encuesta nacional, los resultados revelan que las autoridades municipales juegan un papel más importante en la fundación de los clubes, y que los residentes locales están más comprometidos en los proyectos de remesas colectivas de lo que anteriormente se pensaba. Además, los líderes de estos clubes participan en asociaciones civiles tanto en México como en Estados Unidos y mantienen sentimientos de pertenencia binacionales, lo cual sugiere que la construcción de identidades colectivas es flexible y permite la identificación con más de una identidad nacional.


Keywords: hometown associations;3x1 Program;Mexico;United States;migrant philanthropy

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