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According to statistics released by the Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Institute of Migration or INM), the number of Mexican nationals being deported from the United States are down 10% for the first 9 months of 2012, compared to the same time period in 2011. The statistics were released and discussed on International Migrants Day, which takes place on Tuesday, December 18th.

The statistics were also confirmed by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (National Institute of Statistics and Geography or INEGI), which stated that those returned to Mexico have steadily decreased over the last decade. According to INEGI, 1.1 million Mexicans were returned home in 2000. In the first 9 months of 2012, only 318,536 were deported.

According to the INM, one third of those deported from the United States are deported to the state of Baja California.

Experts have attested the lower official deportation numbers to a rise in voluntary deportations, as well as a lower number of Mexican nationals entering the U.S. illegally in recent years.

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