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Thursday December 6, 2012

STUDY:  Mexican Immigrants in U.S. are Lowest-Paid, Least Educated of Immigrant Groups

STUDY:  Mexican Immigrants in U.S. are Lowest-Paid, Least Educated of Immigrant Groups

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Mexican migrants to the United States have the lowest levels of schooling and earn the least amount of take-home pay among all immigrant groups in that country, according to a study by Spanish bank BBVA.

The report, prepared by the bank’s economic studies service and released here Wednesday, said 43 percent of Mexican immigrants between 15 and 64 stopped school prior to the 10th grade, compared to less than 10 percent in the case of migrants born in Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Central Americans “also have higher levels of schooling,” with 37 percent of immigrants between 15 and 64 having less than 10 years of schooling.

In addition, 10 percent of Central American migrants are professionals with a graduate degree, compared to 6 percent of Mexican immigrants.

Mexicans overall receive lower pay than other groups of emigrants to the United States, although Mexican migrants with low educational levels fare better in terms of wages than their counterparts from other nationalities, according to the study.

Mexican men who have completed less than 10 grades of formal schooling earn an average of three times more than Mexican women with the same level of education.

The study noted that 60 percent of undocumented migrants in the United States are Mexican and more than 50 percent of Mexican immigrants are undocumented.

An estimated 12 million Mexican-born people live in the United States.