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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 971739, 12 pages
Research Article

Beyond Networks: Health, Crime, and Migration in Mexico

Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, California State University, Dominguez Hills, SBS D328, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, USA

Received 2 April 2014; Accepted 9 July 2014; Published 24 July 2014

Academic Editor: Sally Guttmacher

Copyright © 2014 Jose N. Martinez. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Two rounds of a longitudinal survey from Mexico, representative at the national, urban, rural, and regional level, are used to examine the determinants of local, domestic, and international migration. Aside from the typical covariates in the migration decision, this study considers health conditions, crime, and individual’s perspectives on life as explanatory variables. Coefficient estimates for most health variables do not offer significant support to the healthy migrant hypothesis. In terms of crime, the results suggest that females respond to worsening safety conditions in Mexico by migrating domestically, but not abroad. The decision to migrate domestically or abroad for males is not statistically correlated with increases in crime. Overall, having access to international migration networks continues to play a significant role in the decision to migrate to the US.