SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.20 issue82Women's employment in Mexico in time of economic recession: The years 2005-2012New orientation of human resources policies in Science and Technology (S&T): from brain drain to brain circulation and talent recruitment policies author indexsubject indexsearch form
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Papeles de población

On-line version ISSN 2448-7147Print version ISSN 1405-7425


IZCARA-PALACIOS, Simón Pedro. The profession of migrant smuggler. Pap. poblac [online]. 2014, vol.20, n.82, pp.81-112. ISSN 2448-7147.

The profession of smuggler of migrants looking for employment in the United States started at the end of the XIXth century because of the change from a liberal to a restrictive immigration policy. Migrant smugglers are an increasingly important piece of the Mexican-American migratory system. Stringent border control policies and the stalking of migrants by Mexican criminal groups have made migrants dependents of smugglers; however, there is a lack of knowledge of this profession. This paper, based on a qualitative methodology that includes in-depth interviews with one hundred Mexican migrant smugglers, conducted between april 2008 and july 2012, examines the learning process of this profession and describes the circumstances that have conducted them to this activity.

Keywords : Undocumented migration; migrant smugglers; migrant smuggling networks; Mexico; United States.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License