Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa

Second Advisor

Dr. John R. Milford

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip A. Ethridge


This thesis is divided into three chapters. Chapter one starts with the historical background of the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and has a brief definition of migration explaining the factors that push or pull someone to make the decision to move. Chapter two contains the thesis statement, methods, and scope. In chapter three, there is a summary of the findings and conclusions. Analysis of the data collected through a survey conducted in 1997 among maquila workers reveals that a total of 51.01% of both the men and women's moves were influenced by the maquila industry. A similar pattern was found when people were asked if they wanted to work in the United States, which could mean that border towns attract people looking for work but also attract people that have other motives besides working in the maquiladoras.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American