Several locals of Mexico City aren’t happy about the thousands and thousands of Californians moving into their country and cities, even going as far as to say that the locals “f–ing hate you.”
The Locals Revolt
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The sign was posted in Mexico City’s Roma’s neighborhood, saying “New to the city? Working remotely?” fliers popping up around Mexico City reportedly said. “You’re a f—ing plague and the locals f—ing hate you. Leave.”
What Are Mexican Residents Saying
Residents in Mexico City have complained about the droves of Californians that moved in, who work remotely. In a LA Times report, they noted local Mexicans are “fed up” with the growing number of Americans, mainly from California, who are moving to or visiting their country.
The article said that what used to be taquerias and local corner stores have been morphed into yoga studios and coffee shops. Very American.
Not only are Americanized businesses popping up everywhere, but the English language is also commonly spoken now. Some residents claim that white people from America and other foreigners are changing the character of their neighborhoods, called gentrification.
Mexico Is Attractive
According to an article by the Mexican Daily Post, when the world took daily work remotely during the pandemic, many employees were forced to work from home remotely. Some employees were granted a freedom they might not have otherwise had before remote working was a ‘thing,’ and could spread their wings and fly to more affordable or desired places like Mexico City.
Cities in parts of Mexico are a destination for Americans in part because of affordable housing, lower rent, and you can stay there for six months without a visa.
Some experts revealed Californians who moved to Mexico were fleeing from Gavin Newsome’s policies, inflation, and soaring living costs, causing a decline in the population two years a row in 2021. CNBC reported that about 800,00 Californians and 1.8 million American citizens live in Mexico.
A month’s rent in Mexico can average as little as $430 per month, while rents may average $1,500 north on the border of San Diego. Local Mexican citizens fear they will soon become outpriced.