Sunday, 12 August 2007

Fewer migrants send cash home

Anti-immigrant sentiment in U.S. has many insecure about future, survey finds
Sunday, August 12, 2007 3:51 AM
By Suzanne Gamboa

WASHINGTON -- One in three Mexican migrants living in states where Latino migration is relatively new stopped sending money home this year. Anti-immigrant sentiment may be to blame, the Inter-American Development Bank says.

In states considered "new destination" states for Latinos, such as Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, only 56 percent of Mexican migrants said they sent money home, compared with 80 percent the previous year. Migrants in these states previously had the highest remittance rate.
By contrast, the rate of remittance for the first six months of this year was 66 percent -- down from 68 percent -- in states where Latino immigrants have traditionally lived, such as Texas, California and New Mexico. An estimated 10.4 million adult Mexican immigrants are living in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. [Read more]

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