Four out of every 10 Mexicans say migrants' rights are not respected in Mexico, while five of every 10 say Central American migrants' rights are only respected "a little or not much" and three out of 10 say that group's rights "are not respected at all," a survey found.
Some 38.9 percent of respondents said the main problem facing foreigners in Mexico was unemployment, with crime a close second, the 2010 National Survey on Discrimination in Mexico, or Enadis, found.
The survey of 52,095 people in 13,751 households was conducted between October and November 2010 by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination, or Conapred, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.
The survey's results were released Tuesday at the Government Secretariat in Mexico City to provide insights into the situation of migrants.
The Enadis also included responses from migrants, of whom nearly 30 percent said their rights were not respectedin Mexico.
Some 20.5 percent of migrants said discrimination was the main problem they faced in Mexico, while 23 percent cited unemployment and 17 percent identified crime as the main problem.
A coalition of non-governmental organizations working with the United Nations, meanwhile, released its first report on the situation of migrant farmworkers in Mexico.
The report, "Migrantes somos y en el camino andamos" (Migrants We Are and on the Road We Are) looked at the living conditions of the 2.4 million Mexicans employed as migrant farmworkers in the northern part of the country.
Nearly 60 percent of the migrant farmworkers are Indians who live in marginalized conditions and 80 percent lack formal work contracts, the report said.