A record number of US citizens have left the country. All of them cross the country’s southern border to live in neighboring Mexico.

According to Mexico News Daily, more than 8,000 temporary resident visas were issued to US citizens in the first nine months of this year. Which is 85 percent more than the same period in 2019.

The report is based on data from Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior. According to their data, this is the highest reverse migration figure since the figure was first compiled in 2010.

The report also stated that the number of US citizens granted permanent residency in Mexico increased by 48 percent.

A chosen destination for most of these US citizens is Mexico City. Because 19 percent of those moving to South America choose this city over other popular destinations. Another 1,515 of them went to Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Chapala in the state of Jalisco.

The residency statistics do not include the large number of Americans who entered and resided in Mexico as tourists, Mexico News Daily said.

Locals in Mexico City and elsewhere have expressed concern about the influx of such large numbers of US citizens into the country. Some say their presence has driven up rents.

A local wrote on his Instagram, ‘Dear Digital Nomad. When you’re earning pesos (Mexican currency), that doesn’t mean Mexico is cheap. Your Instagram dependent lifestyle is ruining our country. Stop colonizing Mexico City.’

But officials are not worried about the growing number of outsiders. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced a partnership with Airbnb to encourage them.

(November 7)