Academic Venture Fund - 2018

Stay or Go? How Environment Affects Migration in Mexico

Patricia Martin - A man stands in a small village in Jalisco, Mexico, during fieldwork in 2011

Studies have examined how economic, political and social factors affect migration in Mexico, but the role of the environment has not been explored. This project links environmental events to individuals' decisions to migrate from rural to urban areas in Mexico, and from Mexico to the United States. Researchers will combine novel environmental measures and in-depth interviews with the largest existing survey on Mexican migration that captures 150,000+ individuals' movements from 1965 to 2017. The goal is to identify behaviors and structures that shape adaptation responses and to design policies that foster resilience in collaboration with local organizations.

[This project received an Engaged Cornell supplemental grant.]

Investigators: Amanda Rodewald, Nancy H. Chau, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Filiz Garip