There is a significant drop in the number of undocumented immigrants in America.
It is for the first time in decades, that the number of undocumented immigrants from Mexico to the United States, has been dropped. A new study shows the significant drop in the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the United States.
The data from the American and Mexican governments states that around 6.1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants were living in the United States last year which is less in number when compared to the Mexican population in the United States in the year 2007. From the year 1970, the Mexican population in the United States was rising steeply and it reached a peak of more than 12 million in the year 2010.
It is said that the drop in the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is because of the weak US economy, with very less job opportunities in the construction and service-sectors. These are the jobs that attracted the most workers from Mexico. Illegal Mexican immigrants who had been staying in the United States, for a longer period of time, for more than a year, are more likely to be sent back to Mexico, by authorities.
Around 5 to 35 percent of the Mexican immigrants who leave the United States are deported. The others go back to Mexico voluntarily, along with their children who were born in the United States.
According to the study of the Pew Hispanic Center, this is the biggest continuous drop in the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States. The Pew researchers say that the Mexican immigrants are not able to find work in America and so they return to Mexico, according to their research.
A senior demographer at Pew, Jeffrey Passel, said that the Mexican immigration may not return to its height even with the recovering US economy.
He states that the government data shows a clear modification among Mexican workers who are returning back to Mexico. He also said that many immigrants are giving up, as they do not see any improvement in job opportunities and they find only limited job opportunities in the United States.