Is Mexico the New Land of Opportunity?

Damien Cave of the New York Times reports that Mexico is attracting migrants:

Mexico, whose economic woes have pushed millions of people north, is increasingly becoming an immigrant destination. The country’s documented foreign-born population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, and officials say the pace is accelerating as changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.

Rising wages in China and higher transportation costs have made Mexican manufacturing highly competitive again, with some projections suggesting that it is already cheaper than China for many industries serving the U.S. market. Europe is sputtering, pushing workers away.

And while Mexico’s economy is far from trouble free, its economic growth easily outpaced the giants of the hemisphere — the U.S., Canada and Brazil — in 2011 and 2012, according to International Monetary Fund data.

Mary and I lived in Mexico for 4 winters because it has great people and climate and is close to the USA. Many people are afraid of the country because it is plagued with crime and a civil war on drug merchants but we have avoided problems. We met emigrants from the USA, Canada, Britain, and Italy but none from Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, or Argentina.

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