A new study from the Pew Research Centers says there are now more Mexican’s leaving the country than entering.
Based 0n Mexican census figures, the report says 1 million Mexicans and their families left the United States from 2009 to 2014. A U.S. census report claims 870,000 Mexicans entered the U.S. during that same time period.
Pew’s findings accounted for both documented and undocumented immigrants.
Mexican’s leaving the USA blamed their departure on slow economic recovery in the country, and missing their family’s who were left behind in Mexico.
Ana Gonzalez, the author of the report, says it was easier in the past for immigrants to enter and exit the country on a regular basis. However, more strict border conditions are forcing many Mexican’s to return home to Mexico and remain in their homeland.
Under President Obama the number of Mexicans being deported by ICE enforcement has also spiked. According to the report, the Obama administration has deported more Mexicans than any other president in U.S. history.
While deportations have increased, the majority of Mexicans who returned to Mexico between 2009 and 2014 have done it of their own volition.
According to the The Pew study, only 14% of those who returned to Mexico in that time period did so because they’d been forced to leave the United States.
“Today, a third (33%) of adults in Mexico say those who move to the U.S. lead a life that is equivalent to that in Mexico,” the report said.