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Mexican Immigrant Population in U.S. Declining

La Opinin, Posted: Jun 10, 2009

MEXICO - The total number of Mexican immigrants in the United States has slightly declined since the end of 2008, according to a study by the Mexican bank BBVA Bancomer, reports La Opinin. According to the study, the undocumented Mexican population in the United States was 6.6 million in 2006, 7.1 million in 2007, but dropped to 7 million at the end of 2008. The study attributes this decline to the U.S. economic crisis and tightening of immigration laws.

The study also says that the unemployment rate for Mexican immigrants increased from 3.7% in May 2006, to 12.2% in February 2009, and suggests immigrants are repatriating as a result. High deportation rates played another role, suggests the study. Mexican deportations in 2008 were the highest they have been in five years.



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