Those are among the perceptions causing people from executives to laborers living "nearly everywhere" to move to Mexico to pursue their dreams, says The New York Times.
Rising wages in China and higher transportation costs have made Mexican manufacturing highly competitive again, with some projections suggesting that Mexico already is cheaper than China for many industries serving the U.S. market, the Times says.
Mexico's growth easily exceeded the giants of the hemisphere — the United States, Canada and Brazil — in 2011 and 2012, according to International Monetary Fund data.
Meanwhile, Mexican migration to the United States has reached an equilibrium, with about as many Mexicans moving north from 2005 to 2010 as those going back south, says the Times.
If Mexico can harness the energy of foreigners and newly educated Mexicans, become partners with the many U.S. firms seeking alternatives to China — and get them to do more than just hire cheap labor — Mexico at last could become a more equal partner of the United States and the first-world nation that Mexican presidents have promised for decades, economists and officials say.