Forget Mexicans chasing the "American dream." An increasing number of Americans—and other migrants from all over the world—are seeking their fortunes south of the border, the New York Times reports. The country's documented immigrant population almost doubled between 2000 and 2010. As many Mexicans have been moving back home as have been heading north. And as a result, more Americans have added to Mexico's population in recent years than vice versa. Why? According to the Times: The country's economic growth is outpacing that of the US, Canada, and Brazil. And rising wages in China have made Mexican manufacturing popular again.
But it isn't just entrepreneurs and workers making the move. The country has become a mecca for the creative class, too, attracting artists, architects, filmmakers, and chefs. "Here in Mexico, everything is possible," says a Spanish TV director who recently made the move. "There is more work and in the attitude here, there is more of a spirit of struggle and creativity." But whether the influx of new blood and money will help address issues like poverty and high crime rates still remains to be seen. "The fact that there is a Mexican moment does not mean by itself it’s going to change our future," says Mexico's economy minister. "We have to take advantage of the Mexican moment to do what is required of us."