ECONOMIC DISPLACEMENT AND MIGRATION: MEXICO AFTER NAFTA
Author: RUSSELL, JAMES W.
Source: Chapters of Modern Human Geographical Thought, 1 January 2009 , pp. 141-154(14)
Abstract:In 1994 Mexico capstoned a decade of neoliberal economic reforms by entering into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with its much more economically powerful continental neighbours, the United States and Canada. The proponents of NAFTA hoped that it would bring a peaceful period of economic growth and modernization to Mexico as well as increased prosperity to Canada and the United States. But those hopes were quickly dashed. On January 1, 1994, the day NAFTA went into effect, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) launched a revolution in the name of Mexico's impoverished Indians. The timing was intentional. The Zapatistas claimed that implementation of NAFTA would undermine traditional Indian ways of life and further impoverish them.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-01-01
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