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Why More Mexican Entrepreneurs Are Immigrating to Houston — While Other Mexicans are Leaving

Pew Research Center analysis of government data shows more Mexicans are leaving the United States than are coming here. However, other research shows certain kinds of Mexicans are coming here at an increased rate: entrepreneurs. Data from Rice University’s Baker Institute shows that more Mexican entrepreneurs are choosing the U.S. as the place they want […]

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Pew Research Center analysis of government data shows more Mexicans are leaving the United States than are coming here.

However, other research shows certain kinds of Mexicans are coming here at an increased rate: entrepreneurs. Data from Rice University's Baker Institute shows that more Mexican entrepreneurs are choosing the U.S. as the place they want to do business.

To really get a sense of the implications of these two findings — and what they mean for the Houston region — we talk with Elizabeth Salamanca, Puentes visiting scholar at the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and associate professor of international business at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico.

MORE:
New Migration Patterns: High-Skilled Entrepreneurial Migration From Mexico to the United States (Elizabeth Salamanca Pacheco, Ph.D., Nov. 18, 2015)
More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S. (Pew Research Center, Nov. 19, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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