Monday, November 16, 2009

People in Mexico send money to relatives in US, reversing usual "data flow"

It is common for immigrants into the US and Western Europe to send money home to relatives, and this has caused some comment among cultural conservatives, such as in Poland in 2007 when one Polish official criticized gays on the grounds that heterosexual immigrants from Muslim countries “take care of their own” (in a Pittsburgh gay paper circulated at the Andy Warhol Museum).

But now, according to a story by Marc Lacey in The New York Times Monday November 16, the money flows from Mexico to unemployed relatives in the United States. The story title is “Money starts to trickle north as Mexicans help out relatives,” link here. And the relatives can be more distant relatives by blood, not just one’s own children. Loyalty to blood is more important in many other cultures than in Western culture. Here “trickle up trickles” to re-paraphrase Ross Perot (1992).

Perhaps this story is an indication that the ecomonic situation in Mexico is improving relative to the U.S., and that illegal immigration will become less attractive.

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