Mexicans abroad

Mexicans abroad

The immigration phenomenon, in the case of Mexico is diverse and varied through the country. This is due to the economic situation that applies mainly to poorer people, who seek better job opportunities in other countries, especially the U.S.A. which has 82% of the Mexicans who live abroad. Economic problems are, overall, the little stability of Mexican peso exchange rate compared to the USD. That is the reason for many Mexicans to leave their country and look for better salaries in the United States, so they can send dollars to their families in Mexico. This case, however, is mainly temporal, but many other end up residing there with their families eventually. After the U.S.A., Mexican immigrants are settled in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and other European countries. In fact, there have been cases of Mexican employees in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. These are cases of jobs applying building, or working at oil plants. Canada has also a program that involves hiring Mexican agricultural workers temporarily. And other countries also can hire Mexicans in professional assignments, such as science research or studying in colleges and universities , and other cultural exchanges. Artists, scientists, actors and more other show greatly the famous Mexican brain drain

Type of people and impact on Mexican society

Generally, the people who tend to leave the country are from lower- class background from all Mexico. But especially come from the following states: Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Chiapas. In these states is not uncommon to see towns where men are absent, ans supposed to be working in the United States and women take care of their children, while husbands send money (dollars) to their families in Mexico. This money, sent by Mexican workers abroad to their country , is called in Spanish "remesas", and the amount of it have become the second income that Mexico receives from other countries. (The first one is oil sales)

On the other hand, people middle-upper class emigrate to parts in the U.S. with few Mexican population, to Canada, and European countries; usually employed by companies, universities, or many of them start their own businesses abroad.

Traditionally, rich or people overwhelming income used to live in Mexico, but recent economic opportunities and advantages with international treaties, harassing and threatening insecurity have made them to leave the country.


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