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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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MARTINEZ VELASCO, Germán. Immigrant Labor and Flow in Mexico's Southern Border: Two Faces of the Process and a Migration Policy. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2014, vol.59, n.220, pp.261-294. ISSN 0185-1918.

This text presents a characterization of Guatemalan labor immigration into Mexico, its historical perspective and processes of change in relation to new places of destination, crossings and labor insertions. It also sets out the most fundamental traits of migrants who cross Mexican territory when in transit from Central America, new crossing trajectories and social costs in terms of human rights, within a framework of greater social vulnerability. It analyzes the role that the Mexican state has played in relation to the establishment of a new migration policy set forth in the last two administrations (2001-2012) by the Partido Acción Nacional (National Action Party), institutional and legislative arrangements, progress and unresolved matters with respect to the proclamation of human and labor rights. It is concluded that even though unprecedented progress has been made in terms of immigration regulations, these policies still have serious shortcomings with regards to Central American immigration into Mexico, be it labor immigration or migrants in transit. This migration has taken on new forms and has registered qualitative and quantitative changes in crossing, in an environment of greater risk in Mexican territory.

Keywords : labor migration; transit migration; migration policy; human rights.

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