Study: Recession not driving illegal immigrants back to Mexico

Last year, 433,000 people returned to Mexico, compared with 479,000 two years earlier. The number of people coming in decreased more sharply, with 636,000 people arriving last year compared with nearly 1.03 million two years earlier.

“People are essentially staying put at both ends,” said Michael Fix, senior vice president of the Migration Policy Institute, after reading the report. “They’re basically riding out the storm.”…

Although the report did not analyze causes for the trend, Passel said reasons could include the faltering Mexican economy; tales of drug violence there putting off returnees; and indications that tougher enforcement by U.S. border patrol agents is keeping people in the United States.

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