U. S. - Mexico Binational Commission
Date sent: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 13:36:47 -0500
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From: "Josef J. Barton"
Subject: NEWS: U. S.-Mexico Binational Commission study on migration
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Co-editor's note: Today's New York Times (national ed., 8/31/97, pp. 1, 6;
on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/www/regions/ara/97bnc.html) carries
a fine summary of a forthcoming report of the U. S. - Mexico Binational
Commission on migration. Among its many important efforts is a reduction
of estimates of annual entries of undocumented Mexican workers from wildly
inflated guesses of 1 million to a more likely figure of about 105,000.
Moreover, according to the Times's peek at its findings, the Binational
Commission report offers the following conclusions: 1)"[m]igrant workers in
the United States, both legal and undocumented, most of whom in the past
have returned to homes in Mexico at least once a year, are tending to stay
longer north of the border"; 2) mean income of Mexican immigrants dropped
between 1990 and 1996; 3) Mexican migrants are no more likely than other
poor Americans to receive welfare; 4) Mexican migrants continue to supply,
in the form of remittances, about half of all direct foreign investment in
Mexico, a flow of money that annually amounts to something between $2.5
billion to $3.9 billion; and 5) "[t]he U.S. economy grows through
employment and consumption generated by the migration."
The study was produced by 20 prominent demographers and scholars, equally
divided among Mexican and North American academics, who collaborated over
the past two and a half years of research, field work and analysis. It is
to be made public on Tuesday, September 2.
In the meantime, some of the background documentation on the Binational
Commission is available at the following Web sites:
http://www.state.gov/www/regions/ara/97bnc.html [1997 meeting in Mexico
meeting in Mexico City, 5/6/97]