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Mexico: So far, no exodus from US to Mexico

MEXICO CITY – A Mexican Foreign Relations Department official says there has been no major return of migrants from the United States despite an economic crisis and immigration crackdown north of the border.

Undersecretary for North American affairs Carlos Rico says that so far this year about 1,800 Mexicans have requested permits to bring home their belongings from the United States compared to 1,400 last year.

Rico said Tuesday that the government has no data showing a massive return of Mexican migrants. Some 12 million Mexicans live in the U.S. About half are believed to be there illegally.