End of an Era is Declared as Study Shows Why Mexican Immigrants Are Choosing to Return to Mexico in Historic Numbers

First Time Study Reveals Factors behind a Major Shift in Reverse Migration from the U.S. to Mexico

--()--Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together:


    In a news conference hosted by Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) and the Wilson Center Mexico Institute, the results of an unprecedented study – The U.S. Mexico Cycle: The End of an Era. – will tell, for the first time, the other half of the immigration story.
Previously, it was known why and how Mexican immigrants came to the U.S. but not why approximately 1.4 million Mexicans, between 2005 and 2010, have chosen to return home. Now, through a comprehensive study with 600 returning immigrants, MATT has gathered data that provides an in-depth and never-before look into the factors driving return migration.
The study’s findings will detail:

• The reasons why immigrants overwhelmingly returned to Mexico on their own

• Their life back in Mexico

• If they plan to return to the U.S.  

• Their view of the U.S.


MATT is a bi-national non-profit with offices in Washington, D.C., Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas. It is dedicated to leading the conversation on the issues that are having a profound effect on both the U.S. and Mexico. MATT conducted the study as part of its Yo Soy Mexico initiative. The program’s goal is to match returning immigrants with job, education and investment opportunities in Mexico. The study is a result of collaboration between MATT, Southern Methodist University and the Government of Jalisco, Mexico.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Program to begin promptly


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - (5th Floor Conference Room)

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20004



Aracely Garcia-Granados, Executive Director, Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT)
Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora (invited)
Jorge Ayala, representative, Government of Jalisco, Mexico
James F. Hollifield, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Tower Center of Political Studies, Southern Methodist University

About MATT

Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is a bi-national organization focused on building cultural and economic bridges between the U.S. and Mexico. MATT works with and within government sectors, private organizations, academic institutions and other civic organizations to form strategic alliances. We initiate and guide this cooperation into the creation of public programs, policies and initiatives that empower people to thrive and become active members of their own community. Visit www.MATT.org for additional information.

About Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, The Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.


Marcie Casas, 210-236-5000


Marcie Casas, 210-236-5000