Study recommends Mexico govt open Hawaii consulate

Published: Sep. 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Researchers from a Washington think tank and the University of Hawaii at Manoa are recommending that Mexico's government open a permanent consulate in Hawaii to serve a small but growing population.

The Migration Policy Institute and the university included the recommendation in a study presented on Monday.

The study says people of Mexican origin make up about 3% of Hawaii's overall population, with 38,700 people. That includes people born in Mexico and people born in the United States of Mexican descent. Researchers say that number has more than doubled since 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

The study says a permanent consulate would help make it easier for Mexican nationals to access services and act as an intermediary between the Mexican community and state and federal government.

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