Mexican protesters urge digital nomads to stay away

Mexican residents are tired of digital nomads and remote workers flooding their cities. driving up rental prices and gentrifying their communities.

A survey by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) found that during the pandemic, about a third of the people of Mexico City had to move. Most pointed to high rent as a contributing factor.

El Sol de México, a local media outlet, claims that between 2020 and 2021, there was an increase of approximately 27% in the number of evictions approved by the courts in Mexico City.

This alarming number excludes informal rental agreements, which are preferred by most tenants in Mexico City.

“Those who are very quick to celebrate the benefits of remote work should be more sensitive to the differential impacts of WFH on minorities and gentrification.” said Antonio M Bento, professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California.

Mexico City has become a hotspot for digital nomads and visitors alike because of its vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine, and easy visa requirements.

But as rents and living costs spiral out of control, some local residents are urging current and potential remote workers to stay away from the city.

A local activist group called “Observatory 06000” held a “carnival” against gentrification last week.

“Housing yes! Evictions No!”, demanded the protesters. “Mexican wake up, they will raise your rent!”

As the number of visitors increases, the anger grows. Mexico City is the fifth fastest-growing remote work center in the world, according to the popular website Nomad List.

The ranking is determined by the percentage of subscribers checking in from Mexico City, which has increased by 125% in 2021.

Carnival organizers have warned that these visitors “displace” residents of the city center.

“Our homes are now home to digital nomads,” declared an event pamphlet.

Some Mexico City residents are happy with the influx of tourists because they boost the local economy by spending their high levels of disposable income.

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International travelers spent $851 million on hotels alone between January and April this year, according to tourism statistics.

Others, however, argue that too much tourism is ruining the city’s culture.

A banner for the “Observatorio Vecinal del Centro Histórico” mocks the city’s homestay boom by reading, “It is reported that a long time ago (before Airbnb) there was real life in this building.”

“Are the rent payments made here also in dollars?”

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