Study: Net Mexican Migration to U.S. Comes to Standstill


A new study indicates that the net migration to and from Mexico and the United States has dipped to zero.

The report from the Pew Hispanic Center reveals that approximately 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the United States between 2005 and 2010, roughly the same number of Mexicans who returned home over the same period.


Additionally, the study indicates that the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico dropped from its peak of 7 million in 2007 to 6.1 million in 2011. The report cites a drastic decline in Mexican birth rates and a bad American economy as reasons for the drop. A higher percentage of deported migrants said in the survey that they would not attempt to come back into the United States.

The United States' estimated 12 million Mexican immigrants represent the largest chunk of immigrants in any country in the world. Mexico has sent more immigrants to the States over the past four decades than any other nation.