Record decline in Mexican immigration to the US-Report
United States, 24th April: Number of immigrants hailing from Mexico coming to the US has gone down considerably, findings of a recent research indicate.
The decline in the rate of Mexican immigration to the US has been recorded for the first time in the last couple of decades.
Historic reversal in Mexican immigration to the US—A report by Pew Hispanic Center maintains that the immigration of Mexicans to the US has noted a historical reversal. For long, the US has been troubled about the record inflow of Mexicans to the nation.
The study states that the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the US in 2011 was stated to be 6.1 million. And this is a big decline from the figures of 7 million undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the US in the year 2007.
So, this is, indeed, one the biggest drop in Mexican immigration to the United States that could only be compared to the decline in the Mexican-born American population during the period of Great Depression.
What caused this historic decline—
• Housing bust--This reversal trend began in the year 2006 and has reached a historic rate onwards as the nation started witnessing a housing bust.
• Recession--Onset of recession dealt a further blow to the influx of Mexicans to the US, the report adds, as the jobs started fading from the US economy. Number of jobs especially in service-sector and construction sector seemed to evade from the US economy, the study maintains.
• Poor economic conditions--Taking a cue from the poor economic conditions in the US, an increasingly high number of Mexicans started moving back to their native nation accompanied by their families.
• Declining birth rate of Mexicans--Moreover, declining birth rate of Mexicans is yet another factor contributing to declining rate of their inflow to the US. Mexican-born population living in the US went down to 12 million. This includes both legal as well as undocumented immigrants.
• Other factors--Apart from bad economy, some of the other factors contributing to declining rate of Mexican immigration to the US could be increased deportation rates, stricter immigration laws by various US states and tougher enforcement of US border rules, admits the lead author of the study, Jeffrey Passel.
Heightened violence along the borders leading to tougher US patrols played the worst for Mexican immigrants.