More Mexican immigrants are leaving than coming to the US, study finds

The main reason cited for the historic shift was "family reunification"

Published November 20, 2015 5:45PM (EST)

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For the first time in more than four decades Mexican immigrants are returning home at a higher rate than they are entering the United States.

The Pew Research Center released a study on Nov. 19 showing that from 2009 to 2014 an estimated 870,000 Mexicans came to the United States while 1 million returned home, a loss for the United States of 130,000 people.

The report cited family reunification, less job opportunities and tighter border security as reasons for the historic shift.

By Janet Upadhye

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