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5 The Right to Stay Home: Equity and the Struggle of Migrant Indigenous Peoples

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This chapter talks about equity theory and practice, based on practical work with indigenous Mexican migrant grassroots organizations which are attempting to achieve the goal of making migration a last alternative for survival and have launched a programme called "The Right to Stay Home". Indigenous Mexican migrants claim that rather than having migration as the only option for making a living, they want to have the opportunity to make ends meet and realize their dreams in their home communities. They want migration to become the last-resort choice for survival, rather than the first and sometimes the only choice for survival, since they are losing an entire new generation of youth, who in order to escape poverty have to migrate hundreds of miles away to a foreign land where they are losing their traditional ways, their language and their culture.

Keywords: indigenous Mexican migrant grassroots organizations; Mexican migrants; poverty; The Right to Stay Home



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