Mexican Migration Project

The Mexican Migration Project (MMP) was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The project is a binational research effort co-directed by Jorge Durand, professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), and Douglas S. Massey, professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University (US).

Since its inception, the MMP's main focus has been to gather social as well as economic information on Mexican-US migration. The data collected has been compiled in a comprehensive database that is available to the public free of charge for research and educational purposes through this web-site.

The MMP is a unique source of data that enables researchers to track patterns and processes of contemporary Mexican immigration to the United States. The project is a multi-disciplinary research effort that generates public use data on the characteristics and behavior of Mexican migrants.

Aims and Scope of the Project

  • To gather and maintain high quality data on the characteristics and behavior of documented and undocumented Mexican migrants to the United States.
  • To make the collected data available to the public for research and educational purposes, while maintaining the confidentiality of our respondents.
  • To continue to investigate the evolving nature of transnational migration between Mexico and the United States.

Where are we located?

The MMP has offices, in Mexico, at the Departamento de Investigacion sobre Movimientos Sociales of the University of Guadalajara and, in the United States, at the Office of Population Research of Princeton University. To contact our offices in Mexico or the United States, please contact us at the following addresses or email us :






Depto. de Estudios Sobre Movimientos Sociales (DESMOS)
Universidad de Guadalajara
Av. Maestros y Alcalde, Puerta Num. 1
Edificio G, 4o Piso
Guadalajara, CP 44269
Jalisco, México
Tel:  011-52-333-819-3327
Fax: 011-52-333-819-3328

We are supported by...

The Mexican Migration Project is supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (5 R37-HD24047, R01 HD35643) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (94-7795), whose continuing contributions are gratefully acknowledged. The1982 round of surveys was originally fielded with support from grant 1 R01-HD15166, also from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.