(ANTIMEDIA) — With contentious rhetoric regarding immigration reaching fever pitch in the wake of increased Syrian refugee migration, new statistics from Pew present a startling development: Mexican-born immigrants are returning home in greater numbers than in anytime in recent history. In fact, from 2009 to 2014, America saw a net loss of approximately 150,000 Mexican immigrants, with 870,000 coming to the U.S. and around one million returning to Mexico.
This runs in stark contrast to previous decades, which saw the number of immigrants catapult from three million to 13 million. Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research for Pew, says the decline in recent years can largely be attributed to the sluggish U.S. economy, an improved Mexican economy, and stricter border controls.
Another factor may be the slow decline of social networks for Mexican-born migrants, who are reporting significantly less contact with friends and family than in previous years.… Read the rest