Mexican Border Overrun With Americans Seeking Economic Stability

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A recent report showed tens of thousands of Californians already departed for Mexico, seeking shelter from the economic chaos that’s been unfolding in the states for while now.

This comes as remote work has become normalized, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This allows American citizens to utilize that advantage to its full potential, earning US salaries while living in Mexico, where a similar lifestyle comes at a much cheaper price.

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Those who don’t have the luxury of remote work have relocated their families to Mexico, while continuing their daily work commutes back into the US.

This has, unfortunately, already started to price out some of the locals. Real estate group owner and co-founder Darrel Graham stated at least 50% of the recent influx has been Californians.

They’re undoubtedly going to bring everything wrong with the state along with them, ranging from the sky-high crime rates to the left-leaning politics they’re infamous for.

However, while this sudden “exodus” from California may have a negative impact on the locals in the bordering cities, it’s hard to say the living conditions aren’t desirable.

A single-bedroom apartment in Hollywood would set you back $1,600 each month, whereas a two-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a pool out front costs only $850 a month in Mexico.

In fact, the average rent in the country is around $430 for some lower-end apartments, allowing anyone with a US salary to cut their budget in half and maybe even start saving up for retirement a bit earlier.

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What this means for California, though, is the state’s population will continue to decline.

Until Governor Gavin Newsom does something about the policies that are leaving violent criminals unpunished, there just won’t be enough initiative to stay in the Golden State.

Nearly 300k more people left California than the amount who moved there.

This has continued a decade-long trend for the state; although it remains the US’ most populated one with 39.1 million residents at the end of 2021.

Unfortunately, the side effects for the local population of Mexico may be a bit more damaging than initially thought.

The rapid influx of Americans sporting deep pockets has begun a near-unstoppable gentrification process that’ll price out a majority of Mexicans who aren’t paid in USD.

This means certain neighborhoods have already become too expensive for the locals who don’t have access to US salaries or remote work.

It remains unknown how many Californians are actually living in Mexico, but last year’s report shows at least 1.2 million Americans relocated south of the border.

This trend gained popularity in recent months when gas prices started spiking, ultimately reaching the $5/gallon mark last week.