Moving in two directions: while illegal immigrants flee to the US, a record number of Americans are moving to live in Mexico
A record number of Americans are crossing the southern border to live in Mexico, according to a new report.
Mexico's Department of the Interior reported that in the first nine months of the year, more than 8,000 US citizens received temporary visas to reside in Mexico, an 85% increase over the same period in 2019.
This is the highest rate of return migration since the statistics were compiled in 2010.
Mexico City is a destination for many US citizens heading south: 1,619 people, or 19%, prefer the capital to popular Mexican resorts like Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.
And not all moves are temporary – a number of U.S. citizens granted permanent residence in Mexico grew by 48% compared to 2019, according to the report.
A total of 5,418 Americans received permanent resident status in the first nine months of the year, according to the report in the ministry report.
Foreigners wishing to settle in Mexico must meet several criteria, including income requirements, a sponsored employer, and family ties.
Mexico generally allows temporary foreign visitors to stay for up to six months.
< p>But Mexico City officials don't seem concerned about the growing number of gringos moving south as the city partners with Airbnb to spur the situation.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum, announcing the Airbnb deal, said the continued influx of foreigners, primarily remote digital workers, will benefit parts of the city that are normally off the beaten path for tourists.
But others in the city have raised concerns about the influx following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A group of local tenants called the influx of Americans Mexico City's “aggressive tourism”.
“Dear Digital Nomads,” reads the message on Instagram. – Mexico is not cheap when you earn in pesos. Your Instagram-worthy lifestyle is destroying our home. Stop colonizing Mexico City.”
The development of events takes place at a time when the United States is struggling with the influx of Hispanic migrants illegally entering the country from Mexico.
Last week, a group of migrants attempted to storm the border in El Paso, Texas, after being instigated by an activist.
The immigration crisis also affected the Big Apple, where Mayor Eric Adams oversaw the construction of tent cities to accommodate the influx of migrants.