Adapting Spousal Relations and Transnational Family Structures: Responses to Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Migration

Aaraón Diaz Mendiburo


By examining the families and supporting social structures of Mexican ‘temporary’ migrant workers in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), this paper explains how these transnational families modify their structures in an evolving context of neoliberal transnational regionalization and globalization. We discuss how migrants and their family members respond to changes associated with seasonal migration in order to reduce threats of family breakdown and to strengthen their families. We also analyze key contradictions associated with these responses, including those in which new roles contribute to greater autonomy and significant changes to gender roles, which create greater stress for families.


Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program; Strengthening Families; Mexico-Canada Migration; Transnational Families, Migrant Workers;

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