Mexico Bars Mass Immigration from European Countries

Mass immigration from European countries to Mexico is now barred by new regulations issued this week. The new Interior Department immigration regulations provide that only individual cases may now be considered and each one will require separate consideration. Hitherto there was a limited quota for most countries outside the Americas.

Nationals of “American countries” and Spain may be admitted as immigrants except with limitations determined by national defense requirements. Investors will have to deposit $20,000 if they desire to reside in Mexico City, $10,000 if they wish to live in the provinces. Their admission will be provisional for five years. A cash deposit of $2,000 will be required as a guarantee that they will invest their money within six months, but if they comply with this requirement, they can then receive $1,500 back in cash.

Limitations on European immigration were dictated, it is believed, partly by the Nazi invasion of Vichy France, cutting off the main source of refugee expeditions, partly by recent scandals about the handling of refugee immigration.

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