lunes, 23 de septiembre de 2013

Mexican migration to the US...

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the US in 2012, just over half of whom are Mexican. That's half a million fewer people than in 2007, the year before the "Great Recession" began, and the same estimate as for 2008. Although the number dropped to a low of 11.3 million in 2009, the increases in subsequent years aren't statistically significant. However, it does look like immigration is beginning to pick up.

A couple of points worth making....

1) Unauthorized immigrants accounted for 28% of the immigrant population in the US in 2012.

2) While the largest number of unauthorized immigrants -- 52% of the total -- were from Mexico in 2012, there have been some significant changes in that pattern.
     a) The unauthorized Mexican immigrant population was estimated at 6.0 million in 2012, well below 2007's peak of 6.9 million.
     b) That's not the case for unauthorized immigrants from other countries, estimated at 5.65 million in 2012 compared to 5.25 million in 2007.
     c) Annual apprehensions of Mexicans peaked at 1.64 million in fiscal year 2000. In fiscal year 2012, annual apprehensions were down to 266 thousand.

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