Mexico leads North America in the growth of immigration. Mexico leads North America in the growth of immigration.

Immigrants grew by 120% over 15 years

There aren't many immigrants but their numbers have been growing

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)

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  • K. Chris C.

    That will change quick when the dollar is permitted to seek its true value–0. The “dollar birds” then no longer able to pay their bills. “And it’s gone!”

    And American citizen, not US subject.

  • Fester N Boyle

    Mexico is 3rd in N. America. Is that like saying Mexico is bringing up the rear, as always?

    • Commander Barkfeather

      Depends on your point of view on embracing diversity. Is Mexico third in North America, or first?

  • Juanchi Pérez

    Obviously the percentage growth in immigration will be higher/more spectacular when you come from (almost) having no foreigners living in your territory. Besides, many of these U.S. citizens (many of Mexican descent) are moving to Mexico because they are somewhat forced to, not because they really want to. Regarding the Central Americans in Mexico, many want to go north. Due to financial and other problems, they are stuck in Mexico for a while, but their objective remains reaching the USA or Canada.

  • frankania

    I have been living and working in Mexico since 1988, and I love it here.

  • Fascinating.