Pew: More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.

November 24, 2015

Between the years of 2009 to 2014, many Mexicans who immigrated to the U.S. went back south of the border, with family reunification being the top reason for returning.

The figure, collected by the Pew Research Center from the governments of both countries, represents the smallest overall flow between the two countries since the 1990s.

Around 1 million Mexicans and their families, which includes U.S.-born children, left the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014, while U.S. census data show an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals left Mexico to come to the U.S.

“The slow recovery of the U.S. economy after the Great Recession may have made the U.S. less attractive to potential Mexican migrants and may have pushed out some Mexican immigrants as the U.S. job market deteriorated,” the study says.

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