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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
According to an official census, almost a million (961,121) foreigners resided in Mexico in mid-2010. Historically, a two-thirds majority of these expatriates have been from the U.S., with 10% or less from Europe and South America each.
Blogs For Expats
For Further Information
Living in Mexico
Immigration Authority
National Institute of Immigration
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Easy Expat
Contact the Embassy
Contact the Embassy of Mexico in the United Arab Emirates.
Contact Your Embassy
Contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Mexico.

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Mexico City is the 169th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Index 2016.
Quality of Life
Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Survey ranks Mexico City 169th out of 231.
Sanitary Conditions
The country's sanitary conditions are generally good, but this may not be the case in all areas of the country. In some rural areas, there is a lack of potable water and other essential sanitary services. There is no proper system to handle waste matter and human discards.
For Further Information
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings –Survey - Mercer
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings –Survey - Mercer

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Renting an Apartment

Description of apartments
Apartments are classified according to the number of rooms and full bathrooms they have; however, they also mention their size in square meters.  It is very rare to find furnished apartments or houses.
Normal Lease Term
Usually for a one year term.
Rental Costs
A guarantee deposit is frequently requested (the equivalent of a month's rent) as well as a cosigner.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Inmomexico, Opportunity Ads.
Rental Agency Websites
Apartment Sharing
Realtor.com: Mexico
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
It is possible to share an apartment with other persons. There are also boarding houses that can offer rooms for rent.

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School System

School Level
Basic education includes preschool, elementary and secondary school.
Preschool is for children three to five years old. It has three grades and is not mandatory.
Elementary school has six grades for children between 6 to 14 years old. It is mandatory.
Secondary school lasts three more years. It can be specialized in areas such as technical, adult education, telesecundaria (secondary school learning with television support) or focused on another line of work.
International Schools
The American School Foundation (located in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City and Torreon, among other cities)
German School
Mexican Japanese School
For Further Information
Directory of Bilingual Schools

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The Mexican public healthcare system is free of charge. However, hospitals are usually overcrowded and the waiting time to be admitted and treated is generally very long.
The private healthcare system is a very high level service. Most physicians who work in clinics and private hospitals have obtained international diplomas and speak English.
International Hospitals
Some examples of international hospitals include Centro Médico ABC, Hospital Angeles, Clínica Londres and Médica Sur.
Health Insurance
Yes. However, due to deficiencies in the public service it is advised to seek a private doctor for immediate attention.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
It is possible.
Health System Insurance Body
GNP Insurance
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

In Mexico City and its surroundings: The Templo Mayor, the historic city centre district, the Museum of Anthropology and History and the pyramids of Teotihuacán, Taxco, Morelia and Tula.

In the centre of the country: Guanajuato, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro.

In the south of Mexico: Palenque and Chichen Itzá and the la Riviera Maya.

Some popular examples of cultural tourism include: the Metropolitan Cathedral, Coyoacán, Xochimilco, craftsmanship in Morelia, contemporary architecture in Tijuana, gastronomy in Puebla, the Ruta del Tequila en Jalisco and the Festival of the Guelaguetza, indigenous culture and architecture in Oaxaca.
Opportunities for natural tourism abound in Mexico. Some popular destinations include: La Peña de Bernal in Querétaro, El Chico National Park in Hidalgo, the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Volcanoes and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán.
Some notable sites for religious tourism include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sanctuary of Christ the King and Cerro del Cubilete.
The natural wealth of Mexico has created top-notch spa centres, many of which are located near serene beaches. For more information, visit the Spas page on the website of the Mexican Tourism Board.
Mexico has many beaches on the coasts of the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. For further information, visit the website of the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
Winter Sports
No tourist activities have yet been developed for this type of sport.
Outdoor Activities
Mexico's diverse outdoors make it a prime destination for diving, camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and surfing.
Visitors to Mexico have a wide range of shopping opportunities, ranging from internationally renown brands at high end shopping centres to fine craft goods from local merchants at markets. For more information, visit the Shopping page on the website of the Mexican Tourism Board.
Tourism Organisations
Ministry of Tourism (in Spanish)
Cultural Organizations
Directory of Cultural Associations
For Further Information
Travel by Mexico

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Exists, but there is a lot of internal political tensions
Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 143/180
Free Access to the Internet
Rule of Law
It exists, but is threatened by political problems
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Respected, but there is violence and crime
Women's Condition
Her status is respected; however, 'machismo' has made her a victim of physical and psychological violence from some men.
For Further Information
Social condition of women in Mexico (OECD gender report)

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Degree of Freedom
Catholic: 89.9%, Protestant: 5.2%, Jewish: 0.05%, Other: 2.1%, No religion: 2.5%,
Role of Religion in Society
Since the majority of the population is Catholic, there are still some holidays and traditional practices celebrated at a national level. However, there is separation of church and state in government and education.

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