Migration from Mexico to the United States has traditionally been predominantly low-skill. But in recent years the skilled fraction of Mexican workers in the United States has grown substantially. Is this a temporary trend, produced by the recent crisis, or is it an indication of future trends as advanced economies work to attract skilled migrants? I argue here that the rate of skilled migration from Mexico is not high in comparison with skilled migration from other regions and countries, that the majority of recent increases are likely temporary, and that US immigration policy has not been a key factor underlying this phenomenon.
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