Measuring Re-Immigration Flows from Mexico

Published: 2013
Project ID: UM13-15


The present study uses survey data collected in Mexico to examine the previous migration experience and legal status of Mexicans migrating to the US. An understanding of re-immigration rates and the prior US work history of arriving immigrants has the potential to improve understanding of the likelihood that immigrants making a series of trips to work in the US over their working years may work sufficient qualifying quarters to become eligible for retirement benefits. Similarly, such an analysis disaggregated by legal immigration status and work authorization can improve our understanding of the extent to which immigrants will be ineligible for benefits due to legal status and their Social Security contributions placed in the Earning Suspense File.