Chapter 6

Conclusion

Chapter Abstract

In the concluding chapter, I provide an overview of the dissertation, revisiting the most salient points of the previous chapters. I compare the findings of Chapters 4 and 5, which have distinct conclusions about American emigration to Mexico and Canada. Furthermore, I place these assumptions about the abroad population in four critically important social contexts: the migration histories (or repertoires) of Canada and Mexico; NAFTA; the Global Economic Crisis; and the diversity of politics, policies, and attitudes of migration in North America. Finally, I review the contributions of the dissertation to Sociology and offer potential avenues for future research within my larger American emigration research agenda. I highlight the ways this dissertation contributes to migration and transnational studies.