Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gonna Send You Back To Mother In A Cardboard Box

Querétaro turns out to be a pretty good place to be an out-of-towner! According to the always-reliable local press, companies from all around Mexico are fleeing to Querétaro to get away from the craziness being wrought elsewhere by America's drugs. But at the same time, there's been 70 percent rise in inter-familiar violence, meaning that the state is paradoxically a great place to avoid violence, unless the source of it is your husband. It's sort of an argument for being transferred without your family in tow.

But the stat that was most interesting to us this week was the fact that the Mexican government has, in the past year, helped arranged for the repatriation of the dead bodies 25 queretanos who have met their maker in the US of A. The numbers on painsaons abroad are a little unreliable, but at any given time there are generally about 40,000 queretanos in the US, which means their annual death rate is about 62 per 100,000, compared to the annual death rate of 0 per 100,000 for Americans in Querétaro (unless we've missed something, which we doubt). And that figure is just for queretanos who needed the government's help getting their body back home - which is probably the majority, but the number could nevertheless be higher.

On the other hand, probably very few were killed as a result of inter-familial violence, so it's not like lifein the US is all downside.

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