Argentine immigration to Mexico

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Argentine Mexican
argentino-mexicano
Total population
18,728 Argentina-born residents (2015)[1]
Unknown number of Mexicans of Argentine descent
Religion
ChristianityJudaism
Related ethnic groups
Argentine diaspora (Argentine AmericanArgentine AustralianArgentine SpaniardArgentine Brazilian)

There is a significant Argentine diaspora in Mexico. According to the 2010 census, there were 13,696 registered Argentine citizens living in Mexico,[2] an increase from the 6,465 registered in the 2000 census.[2] Argentine immigrants constitute the second largest community of South Americans in Mexico (after Colombian Mexicans) and the fifth largest immigrant community overall.[2]

The Argentine-Mexican community is sometimes known as ArgenMex.[3]

History[edit]

Juan Gelman, Cervantes Prize-winning poet that first arrived in Mexico as an exile of the Military Junta
Enrique Dussel, writer and philosopher forced into exile following a bombing at his home by a military group

Argentines have been in Mexico since at least the 1895 census, and periodic migration has continued following the ebb and flow of the Argentine economy. Both countries share the Spanish language; their historical origins are common (part of the Spanish Empire). With two main emigrant waves; during the 1970s Dirty War and after the 2001 economic crisis.

The largest Argentine community is in Mexico City (with a sizeable congregation in the Condesa neighborhood) and there are smaller communities in Leon, Guadalajara, Puebla, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mérida, Monterrey and Tampico. Most Argentines established in Mexico come from the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Cordoba and Tucuman. The Argentine community has participated in the opening of establishments such as restaurants, bars, boutiques, modeling consultants, foreign exchange interbank markets, among other lines of business.

Culture[edit]

Guillermo Franco, footballer that played on the Mexico national team

Argentine actors have an important presence in Mexico's television industry. Frequently, actors arrive in Mexico to learn neutral Spanish (based on Mexican Spanish and used for mass media distributed across Latin America, such as dubbed foreign films,) and remain as they find work with one of the country's major television networks. Notable among these actors are the telenovela galanes (male leads) Juan Soler and Sebastian Rulli. In the music industry, prominent Argentine-Mexicans include Amanda Miguel, Fey and Noel Schajris.

There has been controversy in Mexico over the inclusion of naturalized Mexicans (especially Argentine-Mexicans) on Mexico's national football team.[4] The arguments range from xenophobic ideas to the belief that Argentines have been granted citizenship in order to be eligible players on the team. Nonetheless, Argentines wanting to attain Mexican citizenship have to do so through meeting naturalization and residency requirements.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 16: Total migrant stock at mid-year by origin and by major area, region, country or area of destination, 2015". United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Conociendonos todos" (PDF). INEGI. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 27, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Los argenmex y la fiesta patria argentina en México". El Economista. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Naturalizados asaltan el Tri". El Economista. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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