The Demographic Impact of the Mexican Revolution in the United States

Brian J Gratton, Myron P Gutmann, Robert McCaa, Rodolfo Gutierrez-Montes

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This paper uses data drawn from the U.S. Censuses of population enumerated between 1880 and 1940 to draw conclusions about the demographic impact of the Mexican Revolution for the United States. There was a substantial Mexican heritage population in the United States as early as 1880. Earlier migration flows were overwhelmed beginning in 1906-07 with a much larger stream, provoked by a combination of economic and political conditions in Mexico and the United States. The Mexican economy suffered severe setbacks after 1906; after that political instability and armed conflict led to both economic and political emigration from Mexico. In the U.S. side a strong economy and demand for labor provided in a home for immigrants. The demographic data show a large surge in immigration, the excess of which that is caused by the Mexican Revolution is estimated in the paper to be between 73,000 and 136,000 individuals between 1911 and 1919.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTexas Population Research Center Papers
StatePublished - 2000


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