The first presence of Armenians in Mexico dates back to the 17th century. There is also historical data, which indicates that Armenians settled in Mexico in the 19th century, before the Armenian Genocide when thousands of immigrants arrived from Europe, including some Armenian families, like the family of Jacobo Jarootian, who was an army general in the 1914 Mexican Revolution.
Armenian settlements in Mexico increased in the 1920s as a result of the Armenian Genocide. They settled in Mexico’s capital, mostly in the neighborhood of La Merced. By the 1950s the number of Armenians in Mexico was estimated at around 5000, and the community was organized by traditional political and community institutions. In the 60s-70s much of the Armenian populations emigrated to the US, whereas others assimilated with Mexican society because of the absence of schools and other religious and community organizations.
Today there are around 3000 Armenians living in Mexico. Approximately a third live in Mexico City. The number of Armenians is increasing as a result of migration from Venezuela. Although the community isn’t very large, it has produced influential figures, such as Arturo Sarukhán, the former Mexican ambassador to the United States (2007-2013), who is the grandson of Armenian immigrants.
In 2015, a commemorative plaque in honor of victims of the Armenian Genocide was set up in the Parque México, in the international neighborhood of La Condesa.