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Previous Migration Experience and Legal Immigration Status among Intending Mexican Migrants to the United States
Peter B. Brownell and Michael S. Rendall
WP 2014-304

  • We find a steep decline in the flow of immigrants into the US from Mexico during and after the Great Recession.
  • The decline was driven by a decline in immigration of undocumented immigrants, while the number of migrants legally authorized to work in the US increased.
  • Since 2007, migrants crossing the land border to the US from Mexico have become less likely to be first time migrants and more likely to have made 11 or more previous US trips.
  • The absolute number of migrants with 11 or more previous trips actually increased since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007.