Mexican And Salvadoran Populations During The United States

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Mexican And Salvadoran Populations In The United States The foreign born population in the United States has increased significantly over the past decades, with projections for the future demanding great attention. The growing population of people born outside of the United States reached 13.7% in 2015, not far from the country 's all time high of 14.8% in 1890 (Gomez, 2015). Out of this population, Mexico and El Salvador are placed in the top ten countries of immigrants origin (Figure 1.)(Zong and Batalova, 2015). Undoubtedly, the Latino migrant population has significant power in the United States, but this clout extends far beyond the United States and into their countries of origin, particularly through the impact of remittances…show more content…
From the micro-level to the macro-level globalization has transformed the world into a smaller place with constant interactions occurring at every moment between nations, institutions, groups, and individuals. And with this prevalent interconnectivity, migration between the Global North and the Global South has been a controversial consequence of this global integration (Hinojosa, 2015). For this reason one cannot ignore the importance and impact of migrant populations in the country they settle in, and in the countries of origin. Mexican and Central American populations in California have become essential to the economy of their home country, state, and municipality. Through the transfer of remittances the inflow of money has become an important component of local economies, playing key roles in economic advancement (Delgado and Marquez, 2009; Faist 2008). The Mexican foreign born population in California is more than 4 million, and the Salvadoran population is 677,000 (Mejia and Johnson, 2014; Brown and Patten, 2013). The highest concentrations of these populations are primarily in Southern California, specifically the Los Angeles area, but with significant communities in the Central Valley and Bay area (Mejia and Johnson, 2013). The majority of these communities consists of working-age adults employed in low-skilled jobs who produce a substantial amount of money that they then send back to their home country (Mejia and Johnson, 2013). This paper touches
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