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More Mexicans Are Migrating To Mexico From The U.S. Than Are Coming In

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In 2004, Romina Ramírez was asked by a friend to cross the border into the United States.
She was hesitant at first. Only 20 years old, she didn’t have the papers to enter the U.S. legally. Moreover, she had a baby boy and was very attached to her family in Córdoba, a city in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
“My family said it was my decision to make,” she told Fox News Latino. “And eventually I decided to do it. I was promised a better life, and they told me my son would eventually join me. It was more an adventure than a dream to me.”
She took the trip north the next year. It was a long and arduous journey and not without danger, but eventually Ramírez reached her destination of Phoenix, Arizona. She found the job that had been promised her, working at a chicken farm.
Life was pretty good.
“I enjoyed most of it. I had work, and everything was easier to come by in the U.S.,” she said.
Even so, after barely 18 months in the U.S., she went back – not as a deportee, but voluntarily.
“Life was all right up north, but I missed my son, and I missed my family too much,” Ramírez, now a 31-year old housewife living with her husband and son in the Pacific resort city of Acapulo, said.
Stories like hers are increasingly common in Mexico as in recent years more and more migrants have returned voluntarily from the United States. Indeed, in a reversal of one of recent history’s largest flows of people, more Mexicans are now returning to their country of birth than are traveling northward to enter the U.S.
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