Mexico and the Mexican Community in the United States

Migrant Civil Society: Ten Propositions for Discussion

by Editors

This discussion paper provides a quick overview of migrant civil society and offers ten recommendations for improving its effectiveness.  Migrant-led membership organizations and public institutions create the capacity for migrant self-representation in their society of residence as well as their homeland.  This paper briefly examines the different dimensions of organizations that fall under this umbrella term and the factors that shape their development and operation.  This preface leads to ten propositions related to migrant organizations, their struggle for rights, and potential development strategies, and ten recommendations about how best to ensure that migrant organizations play a role in setting the policy agenda, become more effective at advancing migrant interests, and offer policy alternatives to poverty and migration. 

To read the essay by Jonathan Fox and William Gois in its entirety, please click the following link: Migrant Civil Society 

To read the essay in Spanish, please click the following link: La Sociedad Civil Migrante 


The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.


Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.

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Latest News: The Mexican Diaspora

by Editors
Domestic developments in both Mexico and the United States are spurring changes in Mexican communities, particularly in regards to remittances and Hometown Associations. Find here the latest publ...more.