Data Reveals There Are Now More Mexicans Leaving The US

Data Reveals There Are Now More Mexicans Leaving The US
The San Diego trolley, at San Ysidro by the US-Mexico border. Akselx / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

A recent study done by the Pew Research Center on Hispanic Trends reveal that there are more Mexicans returning to their home country from the U.S. than ever before. In fact, there has been so much of them crossing the border back to Mexico that the U.S. has experienced a net loss of 140,000 immigrants between 2009 and 2014.


According to a Mexican National Survey of Demographic Dynamics for 2014, there were 1 million Mexicans who decided to leave the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014 with their families. Six in ten (roughly 61 percent) of these immigrants have said that they are leaving the U.S. to be reunited with their families. Prior to their departure, these immigrants have been living in the U.S. for five years.

In addition, a Pew Research Center survey in Mexico this year reveals that while as much as 48 percent of adults in Mexico perceive that life in the U.S. is better, there is also a growing percentage of the population who believe that living in Mexico is neither better nor worse when compared to living in the U.S. Furthermore, a third of adults living in Mexico have said that those who moved to the U.S. “lead a life that is equivalent to that in Mexico.”

Meanwhile, U.S. census data revealed there were 870,000 Mexican nationals who came to the U.S. during the same period. The decline in Mexican immigrants is said to be due to a number of reasons, but among them is the slow recovery of the U.S. economy following the Great Recession, which negatively impacted the U.S. job market. In addition, migration of Mexicans may have also been curbed by stricter U.S. immigration laws.

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With this recent trend, it is believed that Mexico may no longer be the top source for new immigrants to the U.S. Nonetheless, the recent survey also reveals that 35% of the population in Mexico said they would move to the U.S. if they had the opportunity and means to migrate, with 20% of the Mexican adults saying they would even do so without authorization.