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M.A. Alexys Montserrat Yong Solis

Freie Universität Berlin

Latin American Institute

PhD Candidate

Cultural and Social Anthropology



Master’s Degree in Urban Studies

Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), the College of Mexico (COLMEX).


Bachelor’s degree in Sociology

School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Professional experience

October 2015 to September 2018

Research assistant at the College of Mexico (COLMEX)

June 2010 to March 2013

Research assistant at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), the College of Mexico (COLMEX).

February to August 2010

Social service at the Center for Sociological Studies, School of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Academic experience

Interim “A” Level Subject Teacher at the School of Political and Social Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico.



Inferential Statistics (2016)

Statistics applied to social sciences I (2016 & 2017)

Statistics applied to social sciences II (2017 & 2018)

Thesis project

The Acquisition of Social, Cultural and Economic Capitals of Children with Migration Background, an Ethnographic Study.

In this project, I highlight how social, cultural and economic capitals affect children’s possibilities of succeeding in the presence of migration. The effects of these capitals depend on the contexts, within countries, but also within communities and neighbourhoods. For instance, (1) social capital may increase in an intercultural climate within a school, (2) cultural capital may not be stalled when children live in communities where migrants are segregated but have a sense of communality or (3) economic capital of the families might depend on the family migratory status and occupation. Thus, I address three ways in which the specificity of who surround children –at school, at home and in their communities– lead them through different pathways.

Accordingly, the objective of this project is to analyse how children acquire different types of capital in four different levels –individual, school, family and neighbourhood– and how this changes or not in the presence of migration background. This analysis may lead to assert whether Mexico (1) acknowledges its diversity and has managed the intercultural coexistence of children with migration background and their families or (2) leaves the migration flows and the incorporation of this population to the daily life dynamics.

The population under study consists of children with and without migration background attending schools in Mexico. It will be needed a sample that fulfils preliminary categories in each context.

As methodological basis, I embrace ethnography in this project, which allows me to analyse social networks, identities and activities and to address the different faces of the daily life of children with migration background.

Book chapter

Giorguli Saucedo, S. & Yong Solis, A. M. (2013). Gestión y legislación en torno a la emigración y el retorno de mexicanos, in L. M. Valdés (Coord.), Hacia una nueva Ley General de Población (pp. 217-234). Mexico, Mexico City: Institute for Juridical Research (IIJ), UNAM.


Yong Solis, A. M. (2015). Heterogeneity of the Mexico City Metropolitan Zone. A Look at Interactions between Socioeconomic Groups in Residential Areas and Schools (Master's thesis). Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA), El Colegio de México (COLMEX).

Yong Solis, A. M. (2013). Students in Mexico and Migration to the United States. Intertwined Contexts (Bachelor’s thesis). School of Political Science and Sociology (FCPyS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


June 2016

Coexistence between Socioeconomic Groups in Residential and School Settings in Mexico City Metropolitan Zone. Presentation at the XIII National Meeting of Demographic Research in Mexico. Population Dynamics and Inequality. UNAM, Mexico City.

October 2013

Migrant and Non-Migrant Students in Mexican Schools. What Can Be Known About Them? Presentation at the Seminar of the Academic Network on Migration and Education. Institute for Research on University and Education (IISUE), UNAM, Mexico City.