Most Mexicans (61%) say they would not move to the U.S., even if they had the means and opportunity to do so, according to the Spring 2012 Pew Global Attitudes survey conducted in Mexico.
“The young and highly educated are more likely to want to go to the U.S. Among 18-29 year-olds, 54% would like to move north, and Mexicans with a post-secondary education are 11 percentage points more likely to want to emigrate than those with the lowest level of education”, said the report that consisted in 1,200 face-to-face interviews with Mexicans.
Only 37% of the respondents said they would move to the U.S., but half say they would emigrate without authorization (19% of the total population), according to the responses obtained through 1,200 face-to-face interviews to Mexicans.. These attitudes are unchanged since 2011, the report said.
Three-in-ten Mexicans know someone who came back from the U.S. because they could not find a job. This percentage is down 10 points since 2009, during the depth of the U.S. recession. Similarly, 32% of Mexicans say they know someone who has been deported or detained by the U.S. government in the last 12 months.