Aug 1, 2011, 12:35 PM
Post #44 of 45
"With these new figures it's pretty obvious and now official, that nowhere near a million "gringos" or "Americans" live in the United Mexican States."
That may be your conclusion, but it isn't mine!
In an effort to get back to the original topic of this thread, Tony I wanted to agree with you about the data.
You said Mexico's census reported 738,103 people born in the USA but living in Mexico in 2010. So where do the remaining 1/4 million come from? Some possibilities:
I know people living here in Mexico who were not born in the USA (instead in Europe, for example), however became US citizens. They wouldn't be counted above.
A baby born to US citizens living outside the US is a US citizen if the birth is properly registered with the US consulate or Embassy. I also know of people here in that category.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, as of 2005, there were 1.6 million naturalized US Citizens of Mexican birth. At that time, Mexicans were the fastest growing group of naturalized citizens in the US. In 2009, MPI reports that 111,630 more Mexicans became naturalized citizens of the US. Over time, I know that some of those folks return to Mexico primarily due to family ties.
This all makes me think the million number has some face validity, even if it is not absolutely proven.