Restoring Mexican Confidence in the Government: Rural Development as a Tool to Stem Migration
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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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 disruptive rural economic policies have 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 U.S.-Mexican cooperation scheme, the Merida Initiative, lacks socioeconomic weight of effort, with barely 4 of U.S. contributions aimed at nonsecurity initiatives. To reverse this trend, the United States and Mexico should focus not only on security initiatives, but also on repairing the socioeconomic opportunities and fabric of rural Mexican life through community-oriented programs that incentivize agriculture workers to stay rural.
- Agricultural Economics
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law