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The History of the Global MX Network

La RGMX en el Mundo

Decentralized body of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that, since 2003, serves the initiatives and community needs of Mexicans living and working outside of Mexico.

The RGMX was created by joining different efforts and initiatives by Mexican civil society and the Mexican government. It began its consolidation in 2000 under the name of the Mexican Talent Network Abroad and since 2013, it is known as the Global MX Network.

 

Studies indicate Mexico as the first exporter in Latin America and the sixth worldwide in highly qualified migration to OECD countries. For example, in the United States, the number of Mexicans with a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree amounted to more than one million people in 2011, so Mexicans are the second national migration group qualified only after India. Other studies show that the number of highly qualified Mexican migrants in that country grew 2.4 times between 2000 and 2012, from 411 thousand to 1 million 150 thousand.

In this context, the Mexican Government determined as a priority issue the development of permanent linking programs with its qualified diaspora, as well as the strengthening and consolidation of knowledge networks through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). The new scheme considers imperative to withdraw the concept of brain drain and adopt a paradigm based on the circularity of knowledge, which seeks to combat old prejudices that persist in conceiving emigrants as a permanent loss for sending countries.

The experience of various countries with significant emigration suggests that repatriation is not a viable option for many of their nationals, so it is considered that working with the diaspora is a way to harness the knowledge, experience and contacts of highly qualified migrants, in favour of the development of Mexico.

To this end, since 2005, a joint work began between the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (through the IME), the Ministry of Economy, the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the Mexico - United States Foundation for the Science (FUMEC), to create the Mexican Talent Network Abroad (today Global MX Network), which had its formal start in 2006 with the constitution of the Silicon Valley Chapter in California, United States.

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