NEW YORK — For the last 10 years, the Mexican tourist visa is the number one source of visas that Americans bring into the country.
But the number of Mexican citizens coming to the United States for tourism has dwindled to just about zero.
The U.S. Department of State said last week that Mexico is now home to only 1.3 million people, down from 5.5 million in 2012.
That number, of course, includes people who come for business and pleasure, like cruise ship passengers, as well as Americans who live in Mexico.
So why are Americans not as willing to come here as they once were?
There are several reasons.
Mexicans, like many people in the United Stated, have long been hesitant to move back to their homeland, especially as the economic recession in the country has deepened and the number and quality of jobs has declined.
They have also become accustomed to living in the shadows, often fearing for their safety and security.
Mexico’s economic recovery, and the influx of tourists, is part of a wider trend that has also made it hard for Mexicans to live in the shadow of their countrys economic problems.
In 2011, Mexico’s economy grew by about 6% a year, but its unemployment rate was double that of the U..
S., at 14%.
And the U:s economy has been in a tailspin since the beginning of the year, with the government’s forecast for GDP growth dropping from 7.5% to 5%.