“Mexico City, Campeche, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Veracruz top the list of 57,112 Mexican nationals that have changed their voter credentials to reside in Yucatan during this year”, reported the Local Board of the National Electoral Institute (INE).
The executive member of the INE Local Board, Fernando Balmes Pérez, said that from December 16, 2018, to date they have carried out 444,696 procedures related to voter’s credentials in Yucatan, out of which 57,112 are specifically change of address of people from other states, arriving to reside permanently in the state.
In this sense, the electoral official said that the majority of people from other states that have changed their voter card for one from Yucatan are from Mexico City, Campeche, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Chiapas, State of Mexico, Oaxaca, Puebla, Jalisco, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Morelos, and Sinaloa.
In this sense, he also mentioned that thousands of other people with the status of naturalized and dual citizenship have acquired an INE credential in Yucatan.
Foreigners living in Mérida already begin to register births
Neighbors who come from the US and Canada process births, deaths and even divorces.
The foreign inhabitants from the United States and Canada, based mainly in the Historic Center of Mérida, are already impacting proceedings before the State Government mainly in relation to divorces, deaths, and births, so the state administration has initiated a statistics on these procedures, informed the general director of Legal Services and Institutional Linking of the Legal Department, Rafael Rodríguez Méndez.
“Every day we have an average of four procedures requested by Americans living in Merida, it is already generating legal proceedings before the State Government, we have many births .”
Rafael Rodríguez explained that most of the procedures are those of child settlements, marriages, divorces, and deaths.
“We have a close relationship with the Consulate of the United States, where before it was not reported how many people had died but now on a monthly basis it is sent to the consul how many Americans have died and the causes, protecting the secrecy; and it is a totally institutional procedure, it is an agreement of goodwill on the part of the civil registry and does not mediate any collaboration agreement, it is a matter of goodwill between the Consulate and the State Government ”.
In this context, Rafael Rodríguez said that they will begin a training process for Civil Registry personnel to deal with matters related to foreigners, such as registering their children who were born in this entity.
“We are going to start a training program that at the national level was very forgotten, it is a totally free program that the Federation provides to train civil registry personnel, it is the subject that foreigners, that is, how to treat a foreigner who has a child in Yucatan, how to deal with issues may be difficult legally speaking. ”
In this regard, the state official added that “the American population is having a very positive impact, and the consulate is very grateful for the services and openness we have had to complete the paperwork. The Americans and Canadians are the ones with the most formalities but Dutch, French, English, Central Americans who have been working legally in Yucatan for some time and who seek to settle a child and then obtain Mexican nationality, which is before another instance , but the first approach is before the civil registry ”.
“In the most recent count, we have observed that most people who are relocating from other states come from Mexico City” he said.
Fernando Balmes added that since December 16, 2018, and to date, 444,696 citizens have been served in the 14 modules of the INE in Yucatan, which according to the official, is a significantly larger figure, than that registered in previous years. He explained that the highest number of procedures consist of the reinstatement of expired voter credentials.
Regarding this last issue, Balmes Pérez said that 68,928 citizens have rejoined the Electoral Register of Yucatan, as they had been discharged because their INE credential expired.
Yucatan, a magnet for migrants
The National Migration Institute notes that 31.1 percent of foreigners residing in Yucatan are Americans; 5.1 percent, Cubans; 9.4, Canadians; 6.8, Argentines; 3.7, French and other nationalities.
Regarding the immigrant population, the 2018 census registered almost 50 thousand people from abroad, a figure that is comparatively higher than that of Mexicans relocating.
Source: the yucatan times, sipse, milenio
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