Restoring Mexican Confidence in the Government: Rural Development as a Tool to Stem Migration
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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To restore public confidence, the Government of Mexico must stem the tide of internal migration and the resultant increase in informal employment by focusing on development in rural areas. Decades of policy disruption resulted in an agrarian sector unable to keep up with population growth and economic liberalization, leaving rural Mexican communities without a viable livelihood. Yet, the ongoing US-Mexican cooperation scheme, the Merida Initiative, lacks socio-economic weight of effort, with barely four percent of US contributions aimed at non-security initiatives. To reverse this trend, the U.S. and Mexico should focus not only on security initiatives, but also on repairing the socio-economic opportunities and fabric of rural Mexican life through community-oriented programs that incentivize agriculture workers to stay rural.
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