A study released Thursday, May 9, revealed a 50% increase in the number of Mexican immigrants in the US who have at least college education since the year 2000.
Washington Migration Policy Institute joined forces with a unit of Southern Methodist University to release the report that showed a huge jump in the number of Mexican immigrants who came to the US with a bachelor’s degree between 2000 and 2017, rising to 678,000 from 269,000 – a difference in excess of 400,000.
Mexico now ranks fourth in the world as far as the number of college-educated immigrants in the US is concerned with India, China and Philippine in the top three accordingly, the study that researched highly skilled Mexicans in the US revealed.
Much of the discussion in the US about Mexican immigrants is about illegal immigration with President Trump suggesting that Mexico should stop sending criminals to the country. In actual fact, the profile of Mexican immigrants has changed significantly according to Andrew Selee – a co-author of the study. Mexicans are now better educated, and more of them are entering the US through legal channels including temporary visas, he said.
California and Texas have the highest number of college-educated Mexicans in the US, 215,000 and 185,000 respectively.
Between 1996 and 2000, just 1 in 20 Mexicans in the US had a college degree but the figure now stands at about 1 in 6. According to the latest reports, Mexico president wants a relationship with the US that is focused on development rather than a crime.
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