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Prof. David Fitzgerald has just published his book, A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration

Prof. David Fitzgerald has published his book entitled, A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (Berkeley: University of California Press). The book answers the question of what states do when much of their population simply gets up and walks away. In Mexico and other migrant-sending countries, mass emigration prompts governments to negotiate a new social contract with their citizens abroad. After decades of failed efforts to control outflow, the Mexican state now emphasizes voluntary ties, dual nationality, and rights over obligations. This book examines a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the United States for more than a century. It finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state, but does lead to a new form of citizenship à la carte, and that bureaucratic efforts to manage emigration and its effects are based on the membership model of the Catholic Church.

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