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More than 8,000 new foreign residents call Cancun, Riviera Maya home

Cancun, Q.R. — New statistics show that more than 8,000 foreigners from 52 countries called Cancun and Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo home during 2017.

Figures from the National Institute of Migration (INM) in the state’s capital city of Chetumal show 2,725 foreigners were granted permanent resident (residente permanente) status with another 5,443 qualifying for temporary residency (residente temporal) during 2017.

Javier Padilla Balam, deputy member of the Tourism and International Affairs Commission, says he considered that choosing the state as a place to live is a sign of the confidence that exists worldwide. The INM figures represent only foreigners who applied for legal status through resident cards. This does not include those who enter on FMMs or “snowbird” without applying for legal residency.

The additional 8,168 new foreign residents however, places the state of Quintana Roo in third position throughout the country in terms of new permanent residents. Quintana Roo falls behind Mexico City, who granted 5,941 residente permanente cards in 2017, and second to Chiapas who last year, issued 3,617 of the permanent cards to foreign residents.

In Quintana Roo, the highest number of new legal residents arrived from Cuba with 486 followed by the United States with 412. Applicants from Guatemala were next with 205 applications, while Venezuela (190), Spain (162) and Italy (150) finished the list.

For Mexico City, the highest number of new residents arrived from 59 countries that include 2,025 approved applicants from Cuba, followed by Venezuela, Argentina, the United States, Spain, Italy, Colombia, France, Canada, the United Kingdom and Guatemala.