Survey shows Mexico's lure stronger
By Cronkite News Service
Published: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
WASHINGTON — More than half of Mexican immigrants who moved back home said in a recent survey that they have no intention of returning to the United States, even though many left family here and most had positive experiences.
Those were among the findings of a recent report that said the cycle of Mexican-U.S. immigration has reached the “end of an era.”
“We recognize a new era of return migration where record numbers of Mexicans are returning home and fewer are coming to the United States,” said Aracely Garcia-Granados, executive director of the nonprofit Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together.
Granados spoke at last week's release of a report by MATT and Southern Methodist University, which was based on interviews with 600 people in the Mexican state of Jalisco who had lived in the United States. The interviews were done in mid-2013 with Mexicans who had been out of the country for at least a year before returning.
Just under two-thirds of them said they came to the United States for work. But while 77 percent said they came here illegally, about 89 percent said they returned home voluntarily. Only 11 percent claimed to have been deported.
About 37 percent said they went home for family reasons, and another 29.1 percent said it was because they were homesick. Only 4.3 percent said the fear of being deported drove them to cross back over the border.
However they got back home, 53 percent said they had no plans to return to the United States. This despite the fact that 54 percent said they have family in this country and 88 percent cited a positive experience while living here.
The findings are the latest twist in an immigration cycle in which as many as 12.6 million Mexicans were in the United States before the recession hit in 2007, Granados said.
She said that between 2005 and 2010, close to 1.4 million Mexicans moved back home from the United States.
“The No. 1 reason is the economic recession,” said Daniel E. Martinez, an assistant professor at George Washington University's sociology department. “Some people have also argued it's because of increased border enforcement.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Health care law enrollee passwords at risk for Heartbleed Internet security flaw, feds warn
- ‘Patriots’ back Nevada rancher; Reid labels them ‘domestic terrorists’
- Washington’s snowy owl recovers from apparent bus crash, returns to wild
- Denver wife killed 12 minutes into 911 call, sparking inquiry
- Ohio couple married for 70 years dies just 15 hours apart
- IRS, other agencies award contracts to license plate tracking company
- Gun rights to return to Supreme Court’s agenda
- High court ruling sets off race for bigger campaign donations
- Tax Day’s a big deal ... only if you owe Uncle Sam
- Authorities say they have trove of evidence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston Marathon bombing
- First full lunar eclipse of the year delights Americas