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that California influx Other Americans made their way to Mexico City, angering some locals who say they are developing the area, according to a report.
The Los Angeles Times report On Wednesday, he explained how some Mexican locals are “sick” of the growing number of Americans, many of them Californians, relocating to and visiting the country, which has contributed to an increase in rents and a shift from Spanish to English in some places.
“Are you new to town? Do you work remotely?” It is said that leaflets appeared around Mexico City. “You suffer from the plague and the locals hate you. Leave.”
The article shows how Americans brought the scent of the “new wave” to imperialism as taco shops and corner shops slowly turned into cafés and Pilates studios.
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English has also reportedly become more popular as more Americans move to and visit Mexico City to take advantage of lower rent and affordability. stay in mexico For 6 months without a visa.
“We’re the only ones with black skin,” Fernando Bustos Gorozbe, a 38-year-old writer and college professor, told the Los Angeles Times. “We are the only ones who speak Spanish except for the waiters.”
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Bustos later posted a file Video on Tik Tok Saying the influx of Americans “stink of modern colonialism” and nearly 2,000 people responded in agreement.
“Mexico is class and racist,” Bustos added. “Preference is given to white people. Now, if a local wants to go to a restaurant or a club, they not only have to compete with rich white Mexicans but with foreigners as well.”
The article also referred to an online social media post where a young American said, “Do yourself a favor and work remotely in Mexico City – it’s really magical.”
The tweet received many negative responses.
One of the responses said “please don’t”. “This city is getting more and more expensive every day and it’s partly because of people like you, and you don’t realize it or care about it.”
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While the Los Angeles Times report insisted that the “vast majority” of Mexico City locals are “unhesitatingly kind” to visitors, there is still “under the surface friction” of what gentrification means for the area.
“There is a difference between people who want to know more about where they are and those who absolutely love it because it’s cheap,” said 31-year-old Hugo van der Merwe, a man who grew up in Florida and Namibia and worked remotely in Mexico City, He said. “I’ve met a number of people who don’t really care about being in Mexico, they just care because it’s cheap.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reports suggest there are 1.6 million Americans living in Mexico, many of whom came during the coronavirus pandemic when Mexico eased restrictions sooner than many places in the United States, but it is still unknown how many of those Americans are in Mexico City.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that in the first four months of this year, 1.2 million foreign visitors arrived at Mexico City’s airport.
“We only see Americans flocking here,” said Alexandra Demo, who runs the Welcome Home Mexico relay company. “People might have their own business, or they might be thinking about starting a consulting business or a freelance business. They don’t even know how long they’re going to be in. They totally complete their entire lives and just move down here.”
Demo added that she receives 50 calls a week from people considering moving to Mexico City.
Lauren Rodwell, who moved to Mexico City from San Francisco Mission District, she says she is sensitive to the issue of gentrification, but does not feel guilty as a black woman.
“I kind of feel, as a person of color from America, that I’m so economically disadvantaged that wherever I go and experience some benefit or justice, I take it,” Rodwell said, adding that “being black in America,” is stressful and “it’s good to take a break from that.” .
The Los Angeles Times reported a Similar situation in Portugal Earlier this year in a story titled “Welcome to Portugal, the New Haven for Expats. Californians, Please Go Home.”
In the article, the outlet reported that the number of Americans living in Portugal has increased by 45% in the past year and that many residents have become frustrated with the associated rising housing costs.
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