Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Emma Israel and Jeanne Batalova for Migration Information Source report that, despite decreases in population size over the last decade, Mexicans remain the largest group of immigrants in the United States, accounting for about 24 percent of the nearly 45 million foreign-born residents.
In 2019, there were about 10.9 million Mexican-born individuals living in the United States. This population declined by almost 780,000 people, or 7 percent, between 2010 and 2019, due in part to increased immigration enforcement and in part to a strengthening Mexican economy. In recent years, the number of Mexicans leaving the United States has outpaced the number of new arrivals, although the country remains far and away the top destination for Mexican emigrants. Since 2013, Mexico has ceased to be the top country of origin for recent immigrants to the United States, overtaken by India and China.
Figure 1. Mexican Immigrant Population in the United States, 1980-2019