The report that shows Donald Trump is completely wrong about Mexicans in the US

Hub Telegram: It is not the sort of news you would learn by listening to many of the leading US politicians.

But for the first time in more than four decades, more Mexicans are leaving the US than entering the country.

From 2009 to 2014, an estimated 870,000 Mexicans came to the United States while 1m returned home, a net loss for the US of 130,000, according to the report from the Pew Research Centre.

That demographic shift comes at a time when immigration has become a bitter and often toxic issue in the 2016 presidential race, leading Republicans such as Donald Trump saying he wants to build a wall across the US’s southern and deport illegal migrants.

The report said most of the Mexican leaving the US were doing so voluntarily to reunite with their family or else to start one says, Hub Telegram. But strikingly, an increasing number of Mexicans interviewed for the study said that life north of the border was no better or worse than in Mexico itself.

The overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s, Pew said.

The findings follow Mr Trump’s call for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, a plan President Barack Obama has said is too costly and un-American.

More than 16m Mexican immigrants have migrated to the United States in the last 50 years, more than from any other country. From fewer than 1m living in the United States in 1970, the number of Mexican immigrants peaked at 12.8m by 2007. The total declined to 11.7m last year.

The drop is mostly due to a decrease of more than 1m unauthorised immigrants from a peak of 6.9m in 2007 to 5.6m in 2014, Pew said. Still, unauthorised immigrants from Mexico account for about half of all US unauthorised immigrants.

The decline in the flow of Mexican immigrants to the US is due to several reasons, the report said. The slow recovery of the economy after the recession may have made the US  less attractive to potential Mexican migrants and may have pushed out some Mexican immigrants as the job market deteriorated.

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