The hillside of indigenous town of San Juan Mixtapec has traditionally had the highest number of migrants going to the US in all of Mexico.
In a town where nearly half of the people are illiterate and more than 60 per cent do not even have a primary education going north always meant that they could send money back home to their families who were in desperate need.
However, with the current economic recession nearly a quarter of the migrants have returned.
In need of jobs, the local government is trying to create employment programmes but it’s not enough.
Al Jazeera’s Rachel Levin profiles San Juan Mixtapec and its people to see how the reverse flow of migration is affecting them.