On the Move: The Changing Dynamics of Mexico-U.S. Migration

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Filiz Garip

Monday, 1/12/2015.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Of the approximately 12 million Mexican migrants in the United States, about half are unauthorized. Who are these migrants? What brings them to the US? On the Move is a book project that seeks to understand the shifting dynamics of the Mexican migrant stream, which, for more than a century now, has remained stable in its presence, but changed remarkably not only in its composition and origins in Mexico, but also in its destinations and settlement patterns in the United States. Using survey data from about 20,000 migrants and interviews with 150+ migrants and family members, the book identifies four migrant types with different configurations of characteristics. Each type is consistent with a specific theoretical account, and becomes prevalent in a specific period, depending on the economic, social and political conditions in Mexico and the United States.


Filiz Garip is Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her research lies at the intersection of migration, economic sociology, and inequality. Within this general area, she studies the mechanisms that influence mobility and lead to greater or lesser degrees of social and economic inequality. Garip collaborates with scholars in political science, computer science, and statistics.

Her work has been widely published and she is currently working on a book that characterizes the diversity of the Mexican migrant population in the United States.

Garip received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.S.E in Operations Research & Financial Engineering both from Princeton University. She holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. At Harvard, she has taught courses on migration and economic sociology, and has won the George Kahrl Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology. She is also director of academic programming for the Undergraduate Research Scholars program at Harvard's Institute of Quantitative Social Science.

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