Study suggests faltering US economy and the resulting lack of job opportunity for Mexican immigrants as a reason for the decrease.

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This article titled “Mexican immigration falls for first time in four decades” was written by Ed Pilkington, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 23rd April 2012 21.11 UTC

The net flow of Mexicans into the US has dwindled to a trickle and may now be in reverse, giving the lie to right-wing warnings of an “invasion” of illegal immigrants and bringing to an end four decades of inward migration.

A survey from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that the largest wave of immigration in American history to have taken place from a single country has now been brought to a virtual standstill. In the five years from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4m Mexicans immigrated to the US – exactly the same number of Mexican immigrants and their US-born children who quit America and moved back or were deported to Mexico.

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