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WHO IS THE MEXICAN IMMIGRANT? A MODERN LOOK AT SELF-SELECTION FROM MEXICO

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Jordan Rooklyn

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Estimates show that over 600,000 migrants, legal and otherwise, enter into the U.S. from Mexico each year (Gathmann 2008). To understand what implications this large-scale migration has on both countries, it is important to understand the characteristics of the typical immigrant. Using data from the National Statistical Institute in Mexico, I examine gender, age, location, education and income levels of Mexican immigrants and non-immigrants between 2007 and 2010. I directly compare the characteristics of the two groups by creating distributions from kernel density estimates. The distributions illustrate the differences between the Mexican immigrant who chooses or “self-selects” to enter the U.S. and those who choose to remain in their native country.

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WHO IS THE MEXICAN IMMIGRANT? A MODERN LOOK AT SELF-SELECTION FROM MEXICO

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Estimates show that over 600,000 migrants, legal and otherwise, enter into the U.S. from Mexico each year (Gathmann 2008). To understand what implications this large-scale migration has on both countries, it is important to understand the characteristics of the typical immigrant. Using data from the National Statistical Institute in Mexico, I examine gender, age, location, education and income levels of Mexican immigrants and non-immigrants between 2007 and 2010. I directly compare the characteristics of the two groups by creating distributions from kernel density estimates. The distributions illustrate the differences between the Mexican immigrant who chooses or “self-selects” to enter the U.S. and those who choose to remain in their native country.