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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Emotional Impact of Deportation and Repatriation from the United States to Mexico
by Soqui, Andrea, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 72; 10751652
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the emotional impact of deportation and repatriation from the United States to Mexico on Latino migrants. In this study, individuals who went through the process of deportation or repatriation encountered several physical and emotional challenges prior, during, and after the process of migration. Findings from the interviews of the eight individuals who were deported or repatriated to Mexico revealed that financial opportunities and family reunification play a pivotal role in the decision of migrating to the United States. Individuals who were deported or repatriated to Mexico reported experiences of abuse, family separation, and lack of financial and professional opportunities, all negatively affecting their emotional well-being. In addition to these obstacles, migrants also experienced feelings of guilt, loss, shame, and grief prior, during, and after their process of deportation or repatriation. Due to the stressful circumstances that they encounter and to the lack of resources available, migrants were not often granted the space, time, or guidance to identify and reflect upon their emotional state, many choosing alternative means for coping.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kim, Mimi
Commitee: Ranney, Molly, Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Deportation, Deportees, Immigrants, Immigration, Mexico, Repatriation
Publication Number: 10751652
ISBN: 978-0-438-08224-3
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