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The New York Times reports that:

about 226,000 fewer people emigrated from Mexico to other countries
during the year that ended in August 2008 than during the previous
year, a decline of 25 percent. All but a very small fraction of
emigration, both legal and illegal, from Mexico is to the United States.

Opponents of immigration tend to assume that people want to move from poor countries to rich ones irrespective of the economic circumstances – perhaps to languish on welfare, for instance.

This is nonsense, of course. Most people who uproot themselves to another country do so in order to better themselves by working hard.

When there are jobs to be filled, they come. When there aren't, they don't.

Posted 16 May 2009 in Blog, Immigration, Mexico, United States

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