Recession Causes Mexican Immigrants Here to Run for the Border, Study Shows
A study released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that the number of Mexican's entering the United States illegally has dropped nearly 40 percent in 2009, and found that nearly 500,000 immigrants already in the country have opted to go back to Mexico rather than try and brave the U.S. economic storm.
The study, which bases its findings on border-apprehension numbers, and U.S. and Mexican population figures, found that in 2006, more than a million Mexicans tried to enter the U.S. over a 12-month period. But by 2008, that number had dropped to about 630,000, with an estimated 433,000 heading back to Mexico during that same period
Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center and the author of the study tells CNN that the numbers are striking.
"The size of the drop has been quite remarkable in such a small span of time," he says.
Rodolfo de la Garza, a professor at Columbia University and an immigration expert, says that despite Mexican immigrants going back to Mexico, the jobs most Mexicans can get in the United States are still better than the ones they can get in Mexico.
"Things are worse in Mexico than they are here," de la Garza says. "The job you have here is better than what you have there. If you go back, what do you go back to...It's simple; we like living here in the United States."
Like it here or not Mexico, if the U.S. economy continues on a destructive path, and you feel like heading home, would you consider taking us with you?