A Profile of Highly Skilled Mexican Immigrants in Texas and the United States

Ariel G. Ruiz Soto and Andrew Selee
Date of Publication: 
May, 2019
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Education levels are on the rise among Mexican immigrants, who now comprise the fourth largest group of college-educated immigrants in the United States, after those from India, China, and the Philippines. The number of Mexican immigrants with a bachelor’s degree or higher grew from 269,000 in 2000 to 678,000 in 2017—an increase that is primarily explained by higher college attainment among recent arrivals. Nearly one in six Mexicans arriving between 2013-17 had a college degree, compared to slightly more than one in 20 for those entering during the 1996-2000 period.

This fact sheet offers a profile of degree-holding Mexicans in Texas, which is home to 27 percent of all such immigrants nationwide, and in the Texas metropolitan areas with the most college-educated Mexican immigrants (Houston, Dallas, El Paso, McAllen, and San Antonio). Among other key characteristics, the fact sheet breaks these populations down by legal status, age, English proficiency, poverty levels, and industries of employment.

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Ruiz Soto, A. G. & Selee, A. (2019). A Profile of Highly Skilled Mexican Immigrants in Texas and the United States. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from https://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/highly-skilled-mexican-immigrants-texas-united-states