according to him Institute for the Development of the Yucatani Maya Culture, The remittances from the United States unit reached historical level Just over $200 million registered this year, up 7% from 2020.
“The first semester of this year we’re talking about a little over 100 million, we’ll also be around 200 million, a little over 200 million, we’re talking about 4 billion pesos”Eric Villanueva, director of the Institute for the Development of Mayan Culture, said.
Last year’s census indicated that 192,000 Yucatecans live in 62 cities in the United States; Of these, 64 thousand belong to the Maya indigenous region.
Lorenza lives in Ticocob, a Maya municipality in eastern Yucatan. Her daughter moved to the United States 21 years ago and with the money she sent to her, she was able to improve her home and managed to start a hammock business with which she supports her grandchildren.
“At a restaurant and from there he used to send money for his kids and on the way he would give mine to me. Whatever his children have, what children are they now, in his heat, because he sent them money for their studies”Lorenza Mex said.
The remittances that Yucatecan migrants send to their relatives work to increase family wealth, obtain medicines or build small businesses, and improve their gardens or crops.
“My little house was not like that, it was guano. Thank god I already have my bathroom. Now we have already built three more rooms, now I have my kitchen.”Maria Tai commented.
In the Yucatán, the municipalities that show the most migration are Cenotillo, Oxcutzcab, Peto, Muna, Tuncás and Motul, all of which are located in the southern part of the state and are predominantly indigenous Maya.
In another type of migration, officials have indicated that some 350,000 indigenous Maya move out every day to work in other municipalities or other entities in the country.
With information from Alejandro Sanchez.
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