chapter  4
The Dark Side of Globalized Migration: The Rise and Peak of Criminal Networks — The Case of Central Americans in Mexico
WithRodolfo Casillas
Pages 16

ABSTRACT This study explores what happens to migrants fromCentral America to the US during

their journey throughMexico. It traces the ways in which the negative interaction of undocumented

immigrants with restrictive North American policies for international immigration and their

dealings with international companies providing remittances, along with the evolution of

criminal networks on a national scale, increase the vulnerability of these immigrants. The

resulting scenario is one marked by systemic risks, a slow process of development that has now

reached worrisome levels, and gaps in national governability of the immigration processes under

study that exist from the outset and have been filled by a variety of social agents.