The Contributions of New Americans in New Mexico

Over the past several decades, New Mexico has increasingly become the destination of choice for many newly arrived immigrants looking to build lives in America. In 1990, immigrants accounted for slightly more than 5 percent of the state’s total population. By 2010, that share had nearly doubled, reaching 10.1 percent. In more recent years, such growth has only continued. Between 2010 and 2014, New Mexico’s foreign-born population increased by more than 5,800 people. Today, New Mexico is home to almost 214,000 individuals who were born in another country. These new Americans serve as everything from farm laborers to physicians, making them critical contributors to New Mexico’s economic success overall.

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