While the number of deportations increase, opportunities in Mexico remain limited.
Between 2005 and 2010 about 1.4 million immigrants returned to Mexico. Even though the reasons for return vary, there is an undeniable, growing trend towards return migration.
If Mexico capitalizes on this phenomenon it could be a strong catalyst for national and regional economic change.
In order to support those living in this vulnerable state, MATT drives a bi-national agenda to generate public policies that will benefit returning immigrants. MATT introduces Yo Soy México.
Yo Soy México
Yo Soy México is a bi-national program that seeks economic, social and cultural reintegration of immigrants returning to Mexico (voluntarily or as a result of repatriation) through joint cooperation, project development and the creation and implementation of public policy.
Yo Soy México ensures that migrants, upon their returns, are active in the community economy and play a part in regional economic development. To accomplish this, the program explores the difficulties of reintegration by having return immigrants complete surveys so that the program may gather the information necessary to form a holistic view of the problem.
The program deals with the complexity of return migration and its consequences so it seeks to collaborate with all stakeholders involved in both Mexico and the United States.
Yo Soy México serves as a platform to develop projects to improve the quality of life for Mexicans returning to Mexico. At the core of the model is a network of people in private and public sectors facilitating the reintegration of the returning immigrants, whose main concerns are finding incomes. In this way, it balances its human capital and investment potential.
Yo Soy México performs the following activities:
Yo Soy México is an expanding project that seeks to:
MATT - Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together
MATT is a bi-national non-profit seeking to build bridges of understanding between Mexico and the United States.
We promote the design and implementation of initiatives for economic development, cultural interaction, education and social outreach by working with government sectors, private organizations, academic institutions and other civil organizations.
MATT works to build a successful mutually beneficial relationship through social intervention programs that work to solve the problems of both nations.