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|Study Reveals Mexican Prejudice Against Fellow LatAms|
Adrián Jiménez - The News
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January 04, 2011
According to a study conducted by the National Commission for the Prevention of Discrimination (Conapred) entitled “Outlines to analyze intolerance in Mexico today,” the levels of intolerance of Mexicans against foreigners are not as low as they were believed to be.
The study was presented at the United Nations headquarters in Mexico, and it reports severe xenophobic attitudes against Central and South Americans. The document shows that Mexico’s image of solidarity and openness to foreigners “is debatable.”
The study points out that this situation has been reported since 2005, as that year’s National Survey on Discrimination showed that 42.1 percent of Mexicans would not be willing to live with a foreigner, and 45 percent of immigrants living in Mexico affirmed to have suffered discrimination in the workplace.
The document states that “the most severe and dramatic manifestations of discrimination against foreigners living in Mexico are violence and homicide, mainly against Central and South Americans.”
Another important factor is the fact that 3.5 percent of Mexicans see foreigners as a sector with the potential to create social conflicts.
Many Mexicans were in favor of implementing more severe measures against immigrants living in Mexico, specially Central Americans.
The results of the study also showed that 40.1 percent of Mexicans were in favor of allowing the police to interrogate Central Americans suspected of living illegally in Mexico. Moreover, 40.8 percent of Mexicans were in favor of arresting those Central Americans who could not prove the legality of their stay in Mexico.