Old-age disability and wealth among return Mexican migrants from the United States

Rebeca Wong, Cesar Gonzalez-Gonzalez

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Objective: To examine the old-age consequences of international migration with a focus on disability and wealth from the perspective of the origin country. Method: Analysis sample includes persons aged 60+ from the Mexican Health and Aging Study, a national survey of older adults in Mexico in 2001. Univariate methods are used to present a comparative profile of return migrants. Multivariate models are estimated for physical disability and wealth. Results: Gender differences are profound. Return migrant women are more likely to be disabled while men are wealthier than comparable older adults in Mexico. Discussion: Compared to current older adults, younger cohorts of Mexico-U.S. migrants increasingly include women, and more migrants seem likely to remain in the United States rather than return, thus more research will be needed on the old-age conditions of migrants of both countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-954
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of aging and health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Mexico
  • aging
  • disability
  • return migration
  • wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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