Introducing #MexFacts, a new daily fact series featuring quotes & stats from recent @MexicoInstitute publications

The Mexico Institute is pleased to announce the launch of #MexFacts, a daily fact series which will highlight quotes and interesting statistics from our recent publications. To read #MexFacts from our blog’s homepage, click on the “Our Columns” drop-down menu and go to #MexFacts. Alternatively, you can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching for #MexFacts.

¡Hasta pronto!


Fact Series – #MexFacts

typing on computer keyboardThe Mexico Institute is pleased to announce the launch of #MexFacts, a daily fact series which will highlight quotes and interesting statistics from our recent publications. To read #MexFacts from our blog’s homepage, click on the “Our Columns” drop-down menu and go to #MexFacts. Alternatively, you can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching for #MexFacts.

¡Hasta pronto!


MPI Fact Sheet and Map for Most Recent and Historical U.S. Immigration Facts and Statistics

The Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, the Migration Information Source, published its annual compilation of some of the most up-to-date and frequently sought-after facts and statistics on U.S. immigration, including current and historical population shares, illegal migration flows, demographic and workforce characteristics and geographic distribution.

The fact sheet reports that:

  • Between 2000 and 2010, the five states with the largest percent growth in the immigrant population were Alabama (92 percent), South Carolina (88 percent), Tennessee (82 percent), Arkansas (79 percent) and Kentucky (75 percent).
  • The nation’s 40 million immigrants represented 13 percent of the total U.S. population in 2010 — below the historical peak of just under 15 percent recorded in 1890 but well above the historical low of 5 percent recorded in 1970.
  • The emigration rate from Mexico dropped from 6.9 migrants per 1,000 residents of Mexico in 2008 to 3.3 per 1,000 in 2010.
  • More than 34 percent of the foreign-born population in the United States was uninsured in 2010, compared to 13 percent of the native-born population.
  • In 2010, nearly 17 million children under the age of 17 lived at home with at least one immigrant parent, accounting for 24 percent of the 70.6 million children in that age group in the United States.
  • The top five countries of birth for the approximately 1 million new green card holders in 2010 were Mexico (13 percent), China (7 percent), India (7 percent), the Philippines (6 percent) and the Dominican Republic (5 percent).

The fact sheet is available on the website of the Migration Information Source.

A graphical map that demonstrates the state by state proportion of the Mexican-born population in the United States is available here.

MPI’s online journal and can be accessed directly at

Kidnappings jump in Mexico despite crackdown

Associated Press, 6/2/2009

Mexican officials say kidnappings have jumped 8.7 percent over an eight-month period despite stepped-up arrests.

National Public Safety System director Jorge Tello says 774 kidnappings were reported nationwide from September 2008 to April 2009, compared to 707 during the preceding eight-month period.

Tello says authorities have improved their response, however, rescuing 671 people in the same period. He says authorities arrested 971 suspected kidnappers and broke up 133 kidnap gangs, an increase of 24.7 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

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Pandemic Disease and Swine Flu Resources

swine-flu-symptomsThe spread of the H1N1 virus from its first observed outbreak on April 24 prompted the World Health Organization to warn that the first influenza pandemic since 1968 is “imminent.” Mexico has seen more than 600 cases of the influenza, and lab results have confirmed cases of the virus in over twenty countries and in half of U.S. states.

The Mexico Institute in collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting an event on the swine flu outbreak, Influenza Outbreak in the Americas: International Cooperation in Response to the Spread of H1N1 Flu on Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on the fifth floor. The agenda, link to the live webcast of the event, invitation, and RSVP can be found on the Wilson Center website.

Join us to discuss the influenza outbreak and how governments, international organizations, and civil society groups in the Americas are cooperating to address it.

Other resources:

Katherine Bliss, Deputy Director of the Americas Program at CSIS, will speak at the Mexico Institute event on May 5. She recently answered a set of “Critical Questions” on the swine flu outbreak and the Mexican and international response.

Mexico’s El Universal has compiled an interactive graphic (in Spanish) that includes statistical information on the number of deaths and suspected cases in Mexico and worldwide as well as the symptoms of the H1N1 swine flu virus and contact information for Mexicans who suspect they may have the virus.

The Brookings Institution website on Pandemic Disease has over a dozen resources on pandemic disease, influenza, and public health initiatives. The resources include past events as well as recent commentaries on some of the technical aspects of computer modeling of epidemics in addition to experts’ reflections on the costs of pandemic diseases.

The Council on Foreign Relations has also published a number of useful resources on the swine flu outbreak.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Swine flu

Mexican Secretariat of Health

H1N1 information from the World Health Organization

Mexican Drug Fight Nets 60,000 Suspects

Washington Post, 5/1/2009

Mexican Federal Police raid Sinaloa Cartel
Mexican Federal Police raid Sinaloa Cartel

Mexican authorities have arrested more than 60,000 people in connection with drug trafficking over the past two years, according to government statistics from a nationwide crackdown that has also led to dramatic increases in violence and allegations of human rights abuse.

The detention figures, obtained by The Washington Post, represent the first public accounting of the government’s offensive against Mexico’s powerful drug cartels. President Felipe Calderón declared war against the traffickers shortly after taking office in December 2006, giving the military unprecedented law enforcement duties.

Drug trafficking in Mexico employs an estimated 150,000 people, according to U.S. officials, so 60,000 arrests could represent progress in the fight against the cartels.

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FACTBOX – Drug crime in Mexico and the United States

Reuters, 3/2/2009

cocaine1Violence between rival drug cartels has transformed some Mexican cities along the U.S. border into virtual war zones where criminals act with impunity and the annual body count is in the thousands.

This backgrounder provides some facts and figures about the violence compared to U.S. rates of drug-related homicide, which help underscore the scale of the carnage in Mexico.

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