Sunday, May 17, 2009

More on no exodus

There is yet more evidence that there is no exodus of immigrants returning to Mexico because of the economic crisis. It is worth mentioning because of the effort to suggest that a combination of enforcement and the economy will make immigrants go home. Thus far this remains untrue. Nonetheless, in the same NYT story we have the following:

Despite collapsing job markets in construction and other low-wage work, there has been no exodus among Mexicans living in the United States, the Mexican census figures show. About the same number of migrants — 450,000 — returned to Mexico in 2008 as in 2007.


“The latest evidence suggests that you can reverse the flow,” said Steven A. Camarota, a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies, a research group in Washington that calls for reduced immigration. “It is not set in stone, so with some mix of enforcement and the economy, fewer will come and more will go home.”

Actually, as the article points out, the evidence suggests that you cannot reverse the flow (or at least we haven't) and that more people will not go home.

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