Mexico's foreign population doubles

11:37, June 06, 2011      

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The number of foreigners residing in Mexico has doubled over the past 10 years, according to recently released census data.

Most of the 961,000 foreigners living in Mexico come from the neighboring United States.

The National Statistics and Geography Institute reported that 76 percent of foreigners residing in Mexico come from the United States, although many of those people had Mexican parents or grandparents.

The 2010 census found that 57 percent of the foreign population were under the age of 15, suggesting that some Mexicans were possibly moving back to Mexico from the United States with their children.

The border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali had the biggest foreign populations, while 5.1 percent of Ciudad Juarez residents were from other countries.

The western state of Jalisco also experienced an influx of foreigners. The state is home to communities founded by older U.S. and Canadian citizens, who spend their retirement years in Mexico due to the favorable weather conditions and lower cost of living.

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