Moving to Mexico

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Thoughts of warm weather and a relaxed hará mañana (will do tomorrow) attitude make Mexico an attractive destination, particularly for retired expats moving to Mexico to stretch out their pensions and unfold their sun chairs.

Mexico has actually seen such a large influx of foreign pensioners that retired communities have sprouted up and down the coasts, some integrating into Mexican towns and their culture, whereas others resemble small pockets of America.

That said, Mexico isn't only a recipient of relocated wealth; the robust industry and thriving manufacturing centres in its large cities attract working expats as well. As a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement, industry in Mexico is both competitive and prevalent in both the US and Canada, and businesses and employees often transcend borders.

As a developing country, there are a few concerns for expats moving to Mexico, and sometimes headlines of health scares and violence have overshadowed Mexico's usual international status as a tourist oasis.

The real Mexico, expats will find, lies somewhere in the middle of these two polarities. Expats shouldn't expect the infrastructure and gears of bureaucracy to run as smoothly as in their home countries; however, expats can afford a quality of life not usually attainable at home.

Furthermore, while poor sanitation and heath crises are unfortunately fairly common, private healthcare in Mexico is cheap and first-rate, attracting hordes of Americans not content with that in their own country.

Crime and violence in Mexico is rife, particularly in the large cities, but violence is rarely directed at foreigners. Crime is less of a concern in ocean-side retirement communities or resort cities.

All in all, a welcoming government (happy to boost its economy), warm weather, cheap beach-side property and a very favourable exchange rate and cost of living, ensure (at least in part) a luxurious lifestyle for many expats, and a dream emigration destination for others.

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