Research papers on Mexican Immigration point to a report from Mexico’s National Population Council, a study released in 2002, which indicates that the flow of illegal émigrés from Mexico to the United States will not end even if the Mexican economy enters a period of prosperity. The report also indicates that the flow of illegal émigrés will increase significantly over the next several decades and become one of the hottest topics in political science research papers.
The authors as well as the Mexican report rebut the widely held belief that Mexicans come to the United States in search of jobs and wages higher than they can obtain in Mexico. The research paper on Mexican Immigration contends that it is ingrained in Mexican culture to move freely across the border with the United States, with economic incentives playing a relatively small role. Despite this argument, the research paper provides data from the Mexican report indicating that economic incentives are an important factor in illegal immigration. The illegal workers in the United States sent approximately $20 billion to relatives in Mexico in 2000, which represented an average of between $3,000 and $4,000 per household receiving the money, or 40% of average annual income. The research paper suggests that there may be an economics motive for the Mexican report to minimize the importance of economic incentives and insist that the illegal immigration is a cultural phenomenon that is difficult to control.