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The large wave of immigration from Mexico to the United States that began four decades ago, most of it unauthorized, has to a large degree ended. As a report from the Pew Hispanic Center confirms, net migration from Mexico to the United States sank to about zero in the past five years. Did the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) play a role? Yes and no. Actually, the number of Mexicans living illegally in the United States shot up from 2.5 million in 1995, the year after NAFTA took effect, to 11 million in 2013. The main reason was the booming U.S. economy, which generated huge demands for labor just as the share of Mexico’s population aged 15 to 39, prime migration years, was peaking at about 75 percent. Migration plummeted after 2005 because of reduced U.S. demand for labor and the slowing of Mexican population growth but also because NAFTA started to pay off in the form of dynamic new export industries in Mexico, such as automobile manufacturing. Do you think there will be continued decline in immigration of people from Mexico to the United States in future years because of the NAFTA agreement, or will the immigration decline (or potential increase) be due to factors that are not tied to NAFTA?

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