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The Corner Project of Malinalco. Migrants vs. family-fragmenting policy: A Mexican home community proposes solutions. Early-stage migration. Tends to be circular Jobs tend to be rural, seasonal, insecure Scattered, multiple destinations Destination support is very limited Family stays home

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Migrants vs family fragmenting policy a mexican home community proposes solutions

The Corner Project of Malinalco

Migrants vs. family-fragmenting policy:A Mexican home community proposes solutions


Early stage migration
Early-stage migration

  • Tends to be circular

  • Jobs tend to be rural, seasonal, insecure

  • Scattered, multiple destinations

  • Destination support is very limited

  • Family stays home

  • Migrants’ goal: earn & return


Early stage migration family and community
Early-stage migration: family and community

  • Extended families provide support

    • Paying migration costs

    • Raising children

  • Attempt to solve problems internally

  • Effects of migration not easily visible outside families


Examples of family breaking policy
Examples of family-breaking policy:

  • Deportation of migrant members of mixed-status families

    • Family members stressed during long waits in home community

    • U.S.-born children’s bureaucratic limbo

  • Enforcement that pushes people into clandestinity makes for lost connections

  • Less permeable border raises costs: children wait longer to see parents

  • Opaque detention system

    • Migrant relatives difficult to locate

    • Communications prohibitively expensive

    • Health and other problems difficult to address

  • Visa restrictions impede family visits for key family events, illness, other needs











Solution generating methodology
Solution-generating methodology:

  • Make services available to families in home community

    • Build home community-destination connections via internet

    • Provide translation and technical support to aid cross-border linking

  • Build links to include

    • local home community

    • Home country agencies

    • Destination country agencies

    • local destination community

  • Facilitate crisis resolution with two-way communications

  • Remedy communication gaps

  • Strengthen security via community accounting methods


Recommendations
Recommendations

  • Create apostille-support network for U.S.-born children

  • Provide low-cost detainees’ communications with family in home communities

  • Create network of home-region-based support modules providing

    • Internet-facilitated low-cost communications

    • Volunteer-staffed English-language communications and technical support


Www elrincon org ellen calmus ecalmus@elrincon org

The Corner Project of Malinalco

www.elrincon.orgEllen Calmus: [email protected]


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