Who needs a border fence when you have a shaky economy? That seems to be the message of Mexico's latest migration numbers, which show net emigration down by more than half for the year that ended in August 2008, compared with the previous 12 months. And the cause isn't more Mexicans abroad returning home, a government statistician tells the AP.
"We have not detected, up to now, any increase in people returning to the country," he said. About 300,000 fewer people left Mexico last year than in 2007; most of the migrants are undocumented, and most head for the US. But with jobs north of the border harder to find, the move seems less promising. A US Immigration spokesman attributes the drop to increased enforcement.