About the 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).
- Page last reviewed: February 1, 2013
- Page last updated: June 19, 2013
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