Yucatan, an impoverished state in southern Mexico, has recently emerged as a significant source of US-bound migrants. Why did this state's indigenous population wait so long to enter the migration stream, and how do their experiences differ from those of earlier more traditional migrants?Mayan Journeys explores how internal migration to southern Mexico's tourist resorts serves as a springboard for international migration and how the new migrants navigate enhanced obstacles at the US-Mexico border and enter the US labor force. Drawing on an extensive 2006 survey of migrants and potential migrants in Tunkas, Yucatan, and its satellite communities in Southern California, the authors provide.
Wayne A. Cornelius is director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, distinguished professor of political science, and Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations at the University of California, San Diego. Jessa M. Lewis is a graduate of the M.A. program in Latin American studies with specialization in international migration, at the University of California, San Diego.