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Opinion

September 24, 2013

Mexico’s new immigrants

NORMAN — While American politicians debate the merits of a new immigration policy, Mexico is quietly becoming an immigrant destination of its own.

The New York Times reports the country’s foreign-born population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010 and continues to grow as the Mexican economy changes to meet global demands.

The newspaper reports rising wages in China and higher transportation costs have made Mexican manufacturing competitive again. Growth there outpaced the United States, Canada and Brazil in 2011 and 2012.

Americans now make up more than three fourths of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners. The Times said Mexican migration to the United States has reached an equilibrium, with about as many Mexicans moving north from 2005 to 2010 as those returning south.

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