Analyzing Retiree Migration

2271 WordsFeb 4, 20189 Pages
There has been a trend of retiree migration from first world countries to developing countries for the last couple of decades. Every year, more retirees from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, among others, are deciding to move abroad, mainly to Central and South America. This is in no way a phenomenon; retirees from developed countries have been making the move for several years. Mexico has become one of the leading destinations for American retirees; this is mainly due to its geographical location and the familiarity that comes with it. The relationship that has been forged between the United States and Mexico due to retiree migration can be seen from different angles. I intend to look at some of the advantages and disadvantages that come from American retirees’ migration to three cities in Mexico: Ajijic in Jalisco, San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, and Manzanillo in Colima. I will focus on some of the positive and negative impacts that this migration has on both the retirees and the natives. Retired people from first world countries often choose to migrate to developing countries because of the possibility of living a more affordable lifestyle. In countries such as Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Nicaragua, one can live a stable and even rich life on a budget of $1,500 to $2,000 dollars per month; the cost of living in developing countries is half of the cost of living in the United States. American retirees have been moving south of the border for

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