Eleanor Widmer 8:30 a.m., March 23
Baja California poverty rate high due to migrants
Jobless migrants from southern Mexico hiking poverty numbers across state
According to recent reports, the Mexican state of Baja California has over 320,000 people living in some form of poverty. The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (National Institute of Statistic and Geography or INEGI) census reported that 13% of the state’s population does not have a home or the means to provide adequate daily food.
A report, by El Universal, was published on January 1st using statistics from INEGI and state sources, claims the large amount of those in poverty are migrants moving from southern Mexico to the Tijuana area. The report goes on to say that many migrants are from the state of Chiapas and move to Baja California with no job lined up.
According to a Population and Housing census in 2010, 35% percent of migrants moving within Mexico moved to Baja California in recent years.