Mexico’s northern and western regions have the highest percentages of European population, according to the American historian Howard F.Cline the majority of Mexicans in these regions have no native admixture and their aspect resemble that of northern Spaniards.Between 18, of a total 15 million immigrants who arrived in Latin America, The following table shows estimates (in thousands) of white, black/mulatto, Amerindian, and mestizo populations of Latin America, from the 17th to the 20th centuries.The figures shown are, for the years between 16, from the Arias' The Cry of My People..., Since European colonization, Latin America's population has had a long history of intermixing, so that many Latin Americans who have Native American or sub-Saharan African or, rarely, East Asian ancestry have European ancestry as well.In Latin America, a person's ancestry may not be decisive in racial classification.For example, full-blooded siblings can often be classified as belonging to different races (Harris 1964).One notable example was that of Francisco Menendez, a freed-black military officer of the Spanish Army during the 18th century at the Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose fort in St. Although historically both Colonial and Imperial Brazil had institutionalized discrimination against citizens who were deemed people of color, it never had a casta system like that of Hispanic America.Having some Amerindian and black African ancestry—which is widespread among white Brazilians, among all social classes in its five geographic regions since the 16th to 17th centuries—as well as having Moorish, Jewish, Arab, or Romani ancestry, affected social status less than in Hispanic America, This does not mean that the social status of "fully non-white" people (people of color who are not mulattoes, mestizos, zambos, pardos, etc.—in short, Mixed-race Brazilians—even with Caucasian features; "westernized" Brazilians with non-Caucasian phenotypes; or people with known non-European ancestry was equal to that of Brazilian elites. In terms of percentage of the total population, Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica have the highest concentrations of whites, who constitute 80–90% of their total populations.
However, while most present-day racial classifications include a concept of being white that is ideologically connected to European heritage and specific phenotypic and biological features associated with European heritage, there are differences in how people are classified.
White Latin Americans or European Latin Americans are Latin Americans who are considered white, typically due to European, or in some cases Levantine, descent.
Latin American countries have often encouraged miscegenation, and even a small amount of European ancestry could entail significant upwards social mobility.
In the 20th century international political instability was a key factor to drive immigration to Mexico, in this era Greeks, Romanians, Portuguese, Armenians, Poles, Russians, Lebanese, Palestinians and Jews, whereas in the 21st centrury, due to Mexico's economic growth, immigration from Europe has increased (mainly France and Spain), people from the United States have arrived as well, nowadays making up more than three-quarters of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners.
In that time, more people from the United States have been added to the population of Mexico than Mexicans to that of the United States, according to government data in both nations.