About the United States—Mexico Border Region
The United States and Mexico are two countries with different health systems, who share populations and many health issues. Both countries may be viewed as a single epidemiologic region, especially the geographic area where both countries meet: the United States-Mexico border region.
- Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- The United States-Mexico land border is the busiest international land frontier in the world.
- Thirty percent of immigrants living in the United States are from Mexico. This is the largest group from any country, with approximately 65,000 legal permanent residents admitted annually.
- Each year, tens of thousands of Mexican-born immigrants come temporarily to the United States legally to work or study (196,000 and 86,000 in 2009, respectively).
- Mexico is the top country of origin of international travelers visiting the United States (19% of the total).
- Mexico is the top destination for U.S. residents traveling internationally (31.7% of all travel).