Multiple indicators suggest that Mexican migration to the United States has stabilized at reduced levels after absorbing the effects of the Great Recession and toughened U.S. immigration enforcement efforts. The most recent data available show that northbound flows are holding steady with signs of increasing unauthorized migration, while southbound flows are decreasing. The result is that the size of the Mexican-born population in the United States has fully recovered from losses experienced during the recession. Meanwhile, unemployment among those migrants has decreased and labor force participation rates have held steady—a post-recession economic performance slightly better than for U.S. native-born workers. Another sign of recovery comes from an increased flow of remittances to Mexico.Click here to continue reading.
The recession-induced decline of undocumented migration from Mexico appears to have stopped in the first half of 2012 amid tentative signs of a renewed northbound flow, according to new data from the Border Survey of Mexican Migration. The survey data, consistent with other indicators cited in this report, show that the number of undocumented migrants heading into the United States declined steadily for four years starting at the beginning of 2008 but that the pace slowed in 2011 and then reversed. Click here to continue reading.
Migrants returned to Mexico by U.S. authorities are now more likely to be older, married, and heads of household since the Obama administration made deportations from American communities a major instrument of immigration policy, according to new data from the Border Survey of Mexican Migration. In 2011 nearly half of all Mexicans repatriated from the United States had lived there for more than a year, and midway through 2012 the share was more than a third. Click here to continue reading.
After shrinking slightly during the Great Recession, the size of the Mexican-born population living in the United States has stabilized since 2010. Continue reading.
Mexican-born workers have seen their fortunes recover partially from the boom-bust roller-coaster ride of the mid-2000s. Continue reading.
After two years of steady growth, the flow of remittances to Mexico has recouped much of the ground it lost during the Great Recession.
The number of unauthorized Mexican migrants removed from U.S. communities has surpassed the number returned after being caught trying to cross the border. Continue reading.