Why They Immigrate: Peruvians to Chile and Mexicans to the United States

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Sykes, Julia Rose
Area of Honors:
Latin-American Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Mark Sebastian Anner, Thesis Supervisor
  • Mark Sebastian Anner, Honors Advisor
  • Julia Cuervo Hewitt, Faculty Reader
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Immigration
  • Latin America
This honors thesis will examine and compare the cases of Peruvians immigrating to Chile and Mexicans immigrating to the United States for the purpose of work. I will observe the political, economic and social factors that drive each out of their respective native countries, and the political, economic and social factors that draw them to immigrate to their new country in which they work and live. In this thesis, I will argue that Peruvians and Mexicans have been driven out of their countries because of political, economic and cultural reasons and have fled to other countries, Chile and the United States respectively, in order to live under better circumstances and to lead more fruitful lives. I then explore my argument using data from the Migration Policy institute, Pew Hispanic Research Center, the US Census Bureau and the Census Bureau of Chile. Finally, I will summarize how their situations can compare.