Total: Latest estimation (although statistically calculated) from UBC-14 indicates 56,000
Min/max: Possibly between upper limit of ILO-99 as minimum and same interval (+15,000) as max. → 40,000 - 70,000
Female participation: no data. Assuming 10%? as best guess → 5,000
Gold: All UBC-14 data is for gold. → 56,000

2014: 56,000

(UBC-14): Gold-only data produced by statistic modelling:

Expected ASM population: 56,000 
Estimated ASM gold production: 0.9 t/a

1999: 30,000

(ILO-99): Employment: 20,000 - 40,000
Number of mines: 2,000
Illegal mines: +/- 50%

ReferenceYearCitationArchived CopyLink
ARM-182018Barreto, M.L.,Schein, P., Hinton, J., Hruschka, F. (2018): The Impact of Small-Scale Mining Operations on Economies and Livelihoods in Low- to Middle-Income Countries. ARM, Envigado, PACT,…
IGF-182018IGF (2018): Global Trends in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): A review of key numbers and issues. IIED/IISD, London,…
GMA-182018UNEP (2018): Global Mercury Assessment 2018. Technical Background Report E-Annex. Chapter 3.2. UNEP,…
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ASM DATA - Country Database Record
Country CodeMEX
ASM StatusExisting (data assessed)
Country Count1
Data year2014
Publ. year2014
ASM Miners56,000
- gold56 ,000
Inc. DevMinno
- min.40,000
- max.70,000
- female5 ,000
ASM Commoditiesgold
  • country/mexico.txt
  • Last modified: 2022/10/27
  • by Felix Hruschka