Reverse Immigration Trend Growing

By Bill O'Neil

A new study sheds new light on what has been a growing trend of Mexicans returning home from the United States. 

It's been widely thought the economy--along with the contentious debate over immigration had been driving the trend--but the new report said in most cases that's just not so.  

"Family reasons" said Aracely Garcia-Granados with Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together, citing the biggest reason for the reverse immigration teend, adding "The second reason--a lttle bit over 29% is attributed to nostalgia. They just miss their country, miss the food, miss the traditions."  

Researchers say some 1.4 million Mexicans have returned to Mexico from the United States over the last decade. With a focus on tighter border security in the U.S.--combined with an improving economy in Mexico--the report suggests the trend won't reverse itself in the near term.   


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