Where should my child go to school?: Parent and child considerations in binational families Book in Scopus uri icon


  • © Oxford University Press 2018. All rights reserved. The authors¿ research collaboration in five Mexican states and one US locale has shown that there are hundreds of thousands of children in Mexican schools with prior experience in US schools and/or US citizenship rights because of birthplace. The distribution of a binational, under-18 population in both countries illuminates the demographic conditions whereby some American/Mexican children may be growing up in a different country than a parent or both parents. Through juxtaposed cases, the chapter illuminates how school and safety factor into binational parents¿ decisions about where their children should live and whether an arrangement other than living together makes the most sense. Despite political rhetoric in both countries about the importance of family unity, extant policies sometimes make ¿parenting from afar¿ a more pragmatic course of action.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2018