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  • The End of An Era

    April 25, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Listening to PRI from Bamako last night, I heard Marco Werman announce “the end of the largest and most sustained immigration trend in American history.” Pretty momentous stuff.


    Less than a million Mexican-born people lived in the States in 1970. Today, Mexican-born in the US amount to the population of Illinois alone (over 12 millions).


    But a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that net migration from Mexico has now dropped to zero. That means as many Mexican-born adults move from the US to Mexico than from Mexico to the US –and perhaps even more leave the US than get there these days.


    The economic downturn, tougher border control and immigration laws, and Mexico’s own demographic transition mostly account for the drop of Mexican newcomers in the States over the past 5 years.


    Listen to Jeff Passel, co-author of the report and senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, explain why the trend is not likely to be reversed.




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