Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies


The purpose of this capstone project focuses on youth returnees (legal/ undocumented/ mixed family status)--defined as young people who were forcibly displaced to Mexico after living in the U.S. for a substantial portion of their life. This study is significant in contemporary global issues as research on emigrants’ identity formation in Mexico is limited, but also because migrant identity plays a significant bearing on their settlement and integration to their native societies. This project examines extant findings from studies focusing on this growing population of transnational youth in Mexico. Concepts from the Borderlands and Hybridity theory--both Postcolonial frameworks--will help explain the impacts of emigration, discrimination, and acculturation that affect the agency of youth while simultaneously highlighting many of the internal and external factors that these transnational youth-returnees face.

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