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To Ensure Stability, G20 Should Tackle Tax Haven Secrecy, Curtail Illicit Financial Flows

Greece Lost US$160 Billion to Illicit Financial Outflows over Past Decade

WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) today called upon G20 leaders meeting this week in Los Cabos, Mexico to tackle the issue of tax haven secrecy and the illicit financial flows it facilitates as a necessary means to ensuring stability in the international financial system.

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Illicit Funds from Mexico Find Safe Haven in U.S.

The United States has a strong national interest in economic, political and civil stability in Mexico. Its war against transnational drug cartels has dramatically highlighted Mexico’s problems, but the truth is that the nation has had deep, unsolved, structural problems in its economy and an opaque international financial system for decades.

Global Financial Integrity’s report on Mexico found that $872 billion in illicit finances left the country from 1970 through 2010. Although some laundered drug money may be included in that figure, it overwhelmingly represents tax evasion by both domestic and multinational corporations doing business in Mexico, as well as corruption, kickbacks and bribery from wealthy Mexican public officials and business leaders.

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Letter to the Editor: Missed Their Chance To Say No to Bribery


Holman W. Jenkins Jr.’s ambivalent portrait of the Wal-Mart of Mexico bribery scandal in his April 25 Business World column “Wal-Mart Innocents Abroad” overlooks the fact that bribery is not a victimless crime. If the allegations are true, Wal-Mart was bribing local government bureaucrats to skirt environmental regulations, rewrite zoning laws and intentionally expand itself faster than any of its competitors could possibly, legally, match.

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Banks, Not Borders, Hold Immigration Key

Solutions to root causes of the huge levels of illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States deserve more attention. One cause of people leaving developing countries like Mexico is the outflow of financial resources from illicit activities. Stop this flow of capital, and countries would have the resources to create jobs and opportunity at home and stem the flow of people over our borders.

To do this, we must change our laws, which today make it far too easy for people from other countries to hide their ill-gotten gains here in America.

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Mexico Hemorrhages US$872 Billion to Crime, Corruption, Tax Evasion from 1970-2010

Illicit Financial Outflows Average Over 5% of GDP, Driven by Underground Economy, Spiked in Wake of NAFTA

Study Recommends Policies Be Implemented to Address Trade Mispricing, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion

MEXICO CITY / WASHINGTON, DC – Crime, corruption and tax evasion cost the Mexican economy US$872 billion between 1970 and 2010 according to a new report from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization. The illicit financial outflows, which averaged a massive 5.2% of GDP, grew significantly over the 41-year period studied from just US$1 billion in 1970 to US$68.5 billion in 2010.

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Mexico Press Briefing: New Report on Illicit Financial Flows out of Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Representatives from Global Financial Integrity will be holding a briefing on the report for journalists in the Doña Sol Room at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel in Mexico City on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 11am CST.

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GFI Estimates Mexico Loses Over US$50 Billion Annually in Illicit Financial Outflows

New Blog Post Reveals Mexican Economy Lost US$462 billion between 2000 and 2008

WASHINGTON, DC – As drug violence in Mexico spirals out of control, a new blog post published today on the website of the Task Force on Financial Integrity & Economic Development reveals that the Mexican economy is losing over US$50 billion per year in illicit financial outflows.  Citing data from GFI’s forthcoming report, Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2000-2009, Global Financial Integrity Economist Karly Curcio states that, between 2000 and 2008, total illicit financial outflows from Mexico totaled US$462 billion.

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From Mexico to Kosovo: The Lands Ungoverned

In August 2010, the bodies of 72 immigrants were discovered in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico. While nobody knows the sequence of events that led to this massacre, it is well known that Tamaulipas is at the center of a turf war between two powerful drug cartels, the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. Control of territory and trafficking routes is critical as it enables the cartels to expand their criminal operations to include other moneymaking endeavors like fuel bunkering, prostitution, kidnapping, and even software piracy.

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