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Fluid identities and connections : the effects of transnationalism and immigration on the cross-border political participation of Mexicans living in the United States

  • Author(s): Raisner, Erin Tsurumoto
  • et al.

In 2006, Mexicans living abroad were allowed to vote in the Mexican presidential election for the first time ever. Though the event was highly anticipated, hardly anyone living abroad voted. Previous studies attributed the low voter turnout to difficult requirements and a lack of information, without paying attention to the experience of immigrating or an individual's connections back to Mexico. In this thesis, I explore how the experience of immigrating and transnational ties back to the home country affect an individual's decision to continue participating in politics across the border

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