Immigrants do not represent a large proportion of Mexico’s population but their numbers have been growing at a significantly high rate.
Between 2000 and 2015 Mexico’s foreign population increased by 120%, reaching a total of just under 1.2 million immigrants.
Those were the results of a study by researchers at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies of the College of México (Colmex).
Although Mexico ranks third in North America in terms of the number of foreign residents, it has seen the largest increase over the 15 years, a clear sign for the Colmex specialists that the country is becoming a destination for migrants.
For comparison’s sake, Canada’s foreign population increased by 42% during the same period, rising from 5.5 million to 7.8. The number of foreigners in the United States increased from 34.8 million to 46.6 million, a 34% hike.
Mexico is becoming an important migrant destination, said one of the study’s co-authors, even if they represent less than 1% of the total population.
In that regard, Silvana Giorguli said they found “no evidence that Mexican migration to the United States will increase in the short or medium terms.”
Instead, the number of U.S. citizens, many of Mexican descent, moving to Mexico is larger than that of Mexicans going north.
“We see a very large increase in the north-south migration, a mobility propelled mostly by U.S. population traveling to Mexico. Given the sheer scale, visibility and demographic characteristics, this is a completely new phenomenon.”
“This will be a population that was born in the U.S., many of which will hold dual nationality and will thus be able to move freely between both countries,” continued Giorguli, who is also president of Colmex.
The researchers also predict that the wave of Central Americans migrants traveling north will continue for the next few years. Still, given the small population of the northern countries of that region it could not be described as an “invasion” of any of the three North American countries, they said.
Source: Reforma (sp)