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The number of Mexican entrepreneurs relocating to the United States has significantly increased during the last decade and their profile, as well as that of their businesses, have changed. This study develops a typology of Mexican migrant entrepreneurs living in the U.S., particularly in Texas, and of the business ventures that they undertake, and it determines the association between the entrepreneurs' profile and the kind of businesses they create. Through the analysis of migrant entrepreneurs' profiles, this paper identifies in what kind of transnational activities these entrepreneurs participate. The research follows both a qualitative approach based on the Gioia methodology and a quantitative method based on correspondence and multinomial analyses. Results show that high skilled Mexican entrepreneurial migration involves a heterogeneous group of people whose resources, motivations and pre-migration conditions are different. Likewise, this study objects to the perception of these migrants as a group of people who integrate seamlessly into the host society, highlighting the limitations imposed on these migrants by the institutional context surrounding them.

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Technical Report


Mexico, Entrepreneurs, Immigrant, Migration, Mexican


American Politics | Economic Policy | Education Policy | International Economics | International Relations | Labor Economics | Latin American Studies | Political Economy


Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center