Guess which country has the highest immigration rates to Mexico? According to the Mexican census, Spain held that honor between 1900 and 1940. By 1930, 47,000 Spanish emigrated to Mexico before the Spanish Civil War. However, in the years between 1950 and 2015, Spain moved to second or third place. Then the number one country sending immigrants to Mexico was not Guatemala, nor was it Germany, it was the United States of America.
Surprised? Over 30,000 people from the United States immigrated to Mexico in the 1940s. That decade was the lowest number in the last 65 years. In the 1950s, it was up to almost 98,000, triple the previous ten years. 1960’s brought the only dip, down to 97,000. Ten years later, it was up to 157,000. The next census, people from the US moving to Mexico had increased to almost 195,000. By 1990s, 344,000 US citizens transferred south. By 2000, the number more than doubled, to 738,000. Five years later, it stayed almost the same, at 739,000. New data will come out after 2020 as to the current standing.
As of the 2010 census, Spanish immigrants to Mexico totaled 77,000. The US rate for that time period is almost 10 times that of second place España. Can we pinpoint why?
What does it mean when people emigrate? Am I reading the data correctly that 2,398,000 US citizens left their country to go to Mexico in the last 65 years? Are senior citizens moving to our southern neighbor so they can afford their retirement? Perhaps medical costs are lower in Mexico. Or people like Lotería better than Bingo.
I wonder if, as a courtesy, we have extended citizenship to the same number of Mexican immigrants to the US during six and a half decades? Shall we make some kind of citizen swap?
What does this immigration data say to you? What is the cause of the exodus?
Stay tuned next week for an article on Asian immigration to Mexico.
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