The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, released a report today that finds that in the last decade, births have far surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth of the Mexican-American population.
This is a departure from the two previous decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded births. The report analyzes some of the reasons for this change.
Overall, Mexican-Americans are younger and have higher fertility than other U.S. groups. And in recent years, Mexican immigration to the U.S. declined steeply. The report, based on an analysis of U.S. and Mexican data sources, also compares fertility patterns of Mexican-American women with other demographic groups in the U.S. and women in Mexico. It also looks at trends in Mexican migration to the U.S. since 1970.
The report was posted online Thursday July 14, 2011 at 12 NOON EDT on www.pewhispanic.org.