Mexicans Less Likely to See Better Life in U.S.
Fewer than half of Mexicans say people who move from their country to the United States have a better life there.
More than 11 million Mexicans live in the United States, including about 6 million who are in the country illegally. But their compatriots are less likely than they were a year ago to view the move north favorably.
47% of Mexicans say that people from their country who move to the United States have a better life there, down from 53% in 2012. About one-in-five (18%) say Mexicans have a worse life in the United States, up from last year; 29% say life in the United States for Mexicans is no better or worse than back home.
As they have since 2009, about three-fifths of Mexicans (61%) say they wouldn’t move to the United States even if they had the means and opportunity to do so. However, a sizable minority (35%) say they would move to the U.S. if they could, including 20% who say they would emigrate without authorization. Read more
Bruce Drake is a senior editor at Pew Research Center.