four facts you may not know about Mexicans

May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

1) It’s not lack of opportunity at home that pushes Mexicans to leave; it’s a hungry job market in the US: Researchers compared migration patterns to unemployment rates and wage differences in both countries over two decades. The results: While immigration weakly correlated to high unemployment rates in Mexico, it very strongly correlated to low unemployment in the US Wage differences between the two countries, meanwhile, have been growing steadily for two decades, but migration has ebbed and waned. Migration from Mexico is driven 71% by the U.S. economy, 15% by Mexico’s, and 14% by higher U.S. wages.

2) Immigrants—Mexicans in particular—keep the U.S. workforce young(er): On average, Mexicans are younger than other immigrant groups, and for every Mexican working in the US, there are four retired Americans. If all immigration to the United States ceased today, by 2050, a full 40% of the working-age population (over age 15) would be 65 and older.

3) Mexican immigrants to the US are, on average, more educated than those who stay in Mexico:
Over the last 2 decades, the average education level of Mexicans workers (over age 15) who immigrate to the US has been rising. They’re now overall more educated than those that stay at home. While the average Mexican worker has slightly more than 8 years of school, those who go north have almost 10.

4) 20% of Mexican-born PhDs are currently living in the US. A Mexican with a doctorate degree is 4 times more likely to move to the States than one with elementary schooling, and 3 times as likely to head North as one with a high school education. (fox)


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