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Latino Daily News

Thursday January 20, 2011

Not as Many Migrant Workers Coming to Work in U.S. as Mexico’s Economy Improves

Not as Many Migrant Workers Coming to Work in U.S. as Mexico’s Economy Improves

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As the U.S. economy slowly creeps out of a recession, many who migrated to the states in search of work are now seeing there could be better opportunities back in Mexico.

Mexican officials announced that in 2010, Mexico created 730,348 jobs, the highest in 14 years. This number comes after a record number of people were repatriated/deported from the U.S., and it appears the two are not unrelated, and also accounts for a number of new businesses.

When undocumented immigrants are sent back to Mexico, they often have no option but to open their own business. Though despite the improved employment rate, the average daily wages are still only about $19.29 a month (232 pesos).

Really, the main reason many are not coming into the country to work right now is not because the Mexican economy is doing so well. It is more so due to the fact that living in the U.S. is expensive. Simple living expenses like food and a shelter are far cheaper in Mexico, and with unemployment dropping slightly in Mexico (6.5 percent to 5 percent) people are choosing to take their chances there and be with family.

As the U.S. unemployment rate is still about 10 percent, and as it becomes harder to get into the country, the appeal of the U.S. is dimming, said Napa Valley business owner Angel Calderon.

“To cross the border illegally right now is very dangerous, very expensive and it’s not worth it.”