Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Migration Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Migration Studies

First Advisor

Genevieve Negron


Due to an unprecedented number of deportations in the last decade, coupled with a recent fall in net migration from Mexico, return migration from the United States to Mexico has made its way to the forefront of the immigration discourse. This article uses the experiences of five Mexican migrants who have returned to Mexico, “voluntarily” or through deportation proceedings, to argue that the stories and experiences of returned migrants can provide insight into the challenges/successes of life post-return. In doing so, this article draws parallels between the personal experiences of these five returnees and the broader discourse on return migration, to highlight the significance that eliminating polices like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) can have for the undocumented community within the United States. The experiences shared by returnees highlighted that upon return, many struggled to “reintegrate” into Mexican society, grappled with financial instability but managed to further their education, and in general remained hopeful of their futures. These findings, suggest that while life for returnees is difficult, many continue to strive to achieve the same dreams they have been working toward.