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The Migration-Development Nexus: A Marxist Class Perspective

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This chapter talks about a migration-development nexus from a Marxist perspective. Petras notes that the capitalist class imports immigrant labour to pay into the pension for local retirees, keeping state expenditures and taxes on the rich very lowcounting on the immigrant worker never being able to benefit from his pension contributions. The ways, in which Mexico entered the orbit of US capitalism under neoliberalism, and particularly in the context of NAFTA, plays a fundamental role in the understanding of the model of development adopted there. The emergence of the mass migrant workers movement opens a new chapter in the working class struggle both in North America, and Central America. It represents the first major upsurge of independent working class struggle in the US after over fifty years of decline, stagnation and retreat by the established trade union confederation.

Keywords: America; capitalist; Marxist; Mexico; migration; NAFTA; Petras



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