October 5, 2009

Mexicans Who Would Move to the U.S.

33%

One-in-three Mexicans say that if they had the means and opportunity to go live in the U.S. they would do so, and most of those say they would do so without authorization.

About one-in-three Mexicans (33%) say that if they had the means and opportunity to go live in the U.S. they would do so, and more than half of those who would migrate if they had the chance say they would do so without authorization, according to the 2009 Pew Global Attitudes survey. Nonetheless, immigration data show a drop-off in recent years in the annual flow of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. This decline may be tied in part to the economic downturn in the U.S., which has resulted in fewer jobs for immigrants. Four-in-ten Mexicans say they know someone who left for the U.S. but returned because they could not find a job, although even more (47%) report knowing someone who returned because they were turned back by the border patrol. Read More