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  1. Alex Nowrasteh

    This is also one of the most pessimistic studies out there about assimilation. Was their sample representative in terms of marriage rates with non-Mexicans and other factors that boost assimilation? Mexican assimilation measures are usually weighed down by two factors:

    1. Monoethnic immigrant destinations.

    2. Large numbers of temporary workers who have no interest in assimilating. During recessions, assimilation rates improve because the temporary workers leave and the serious ones remain.

    The answer to the 1st is more varied immigration from non-Hispanic source countries and the 2nd issue is not worth worrying about.

  2. Would it be politically incorrect of me to suggest that perhaps we aren’t getting the pinnacle of Mexico’s intellects? The gene pool passed on to succeeding generations might also explain the low education levels and economic status.

    1. Alex Nowrasteh

      “Figure 3 compares kernel density plots for residual wages earned by non-emigrants to those earned by subsequent emigrants. These nationally-representative data reveal that the average emigrant comes from the 56th percentile of residual wages, suggesting that
      Ro/Re = 1.03 (with a 95% confidence interval of (0.96, 1.12)), so that Re ≈ 2.46. (The median emigrant comes from the 50th percentile of non-migrants.) This calculation for Mexico is important but should not be seen as representative of selection processes for other countries that are more distant, where language barriers are more important, and where diasporas are smaller, all of which might affect the degree of selection.”

      From Mexico, immigrants are clearly not the uneducated dregs of society but not the rocket scientists either. They’re right in the middle of education distribution.

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