Thursday, July 23, 2009

New, Notable Info about Mexican Migration to the US

Some surprising new facts I discovered in this week’s news ~

Regarding how many Mexicans are coming:

The number of Mexican immigrants entering the US has fallen sharply. It has hit a 10-year low (in the 12 months ending in March 2009).

Regarding how many are here:

A third of all foreign-born US residents and two-thirds of Hispanic immigrants to the United States come from Mexico.

Nearly everyone who leaves Mexico heads for the United States.
The US is currently home to one in 10 people who were born in Mexico.

Regarding how many illegal entries are caught:

2008 saw the lowest number of apprehensions of would-be illegal immigrants from Mexico by the US border patrol in 25 years.
Regarding Hispanics who die on the job:

The number of Hispanic workers who die on the job in the US has risen by 76 percent (since 1992), although the nation's total number of on-the-job deaths is on the decline.

Regarding the economic downturn’s affect:

While traditionally Mexicans living here send money back home, reports are surfacing on the Border of the reverse. Some Mexicans are sending money to support their relatives in the United States due to the economic crisis north of the border.

Latinos, especially immigrants, are suffering a disproportionate share of the joblessness that is officially rising to engulf
close to 10 percent of the overall US population.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Although unemployment is high for Mexicans in the U.S., if I were one I would prefer that to returning home only to be caught in the cross fire of the escalating drug wars in Mexico.

Diane said...

I thought the current economic conditions might slow migration for awhile.

But that doesn't mean that we don't need to deal justly with those who are here....

interesting about people from Mexico sending money here.

Border Explorer said...

Nick: Amen, Brother!!

Diane: You put your finger on one of the most outlandish factoids of the week! Imagine: sending $$ to the U.S. to support your family. "Remittances" (the term used to describe money sent back to the home country from the emigrant) are down in Latin America. In some countries, this is one of their top national income line items.