Foreigners coming to Mexico in large numbers

In the last decade the exodus of foreigners to Mexico has intensified significantly, according to UNAM in its Immigration and Cultural Diversity site as well as the National Population Council CONAPO.

Chinese immigrants have tripled in Mexico, while the number of Korean immigrants has grown 12 times in the last 5 years.

In the case of European immigrants, the Spanish are the largest group of those who live in Mexico, followed by the French, Germans and Italians. European people living in Mexico mostly prefer large cities to settle down, among them: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mérida.

On the other hand, we can observe that the other country from which Mexico receives large numbers of migrants is Guatemala. People from Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras and El Salvador also come to reside in Mexico. It should be noted that these last two Central American countries, contribute with the majority of migrants who travel through Mexican territory to reach the United States. Following the immigration policy of Trump and Mexico becoming the country where to wait for their visa, situation that has provoked a true migration crisis in our country.

Mexico Map

Almost one million foreign immigrants in Mexico reside along the northern border of the country, in the states of: Baja California, Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. Also in central states such as: Guanajuato, Querétaro, Hidalgo and Jalisco in the west of the country.

According to the study, the cities with the highest growth of foreigners in Mexico are Merida and Mexico City. While the largest number of expats currently arriving in Yucatan come from: United States, Canada and Spain.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from UNAM’s Immigration and Cultural Diversity study



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