In Yucatán, in the short term, a new migrant phenomenon will be recorded that will be called the “Canadian dream”, due to the increase in the interest of people from the interior of the state in search of information about working conditions in the country and travel required The document revealed Juanita López Alcoser, deputy director of attention for expatriates of the Institute for the Development of Mayan Culture (Indemaya).
“The American dream is still valid, but there is now a concern that will allow the appearance of the Canadian dream”, having received 150 telephone calls monthly so far this year seeking advice,” he said.
He indicated that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, requests for information on Canada are increasing throughout 2020, requesting data on employment opportunities, documents required for travel, such as passports or visas, among other things. .
“Time will determine the rise of the Canadian dream,” he said, stressing that the procedures are not as rigid and the journey not as dangerous as in the case of the United States, where migrants have to cross the desert or the Rio. Grande, besides who may have been a victim of crime, drug trafficking, kidnapping or human trafficking along the way.
He expressed that there will be more systematic migration, and there are even programs between the Mexican and Canadian governments, such as Labor, where people work for six months in that northern country.
Currently, there are Yucatecans operating in Vancouver as well as Quebec, so those would be the points of most interest.
He stressed that Yucatecan migrants are proud of their roots, and told an anecdote that in the restaurant where the migrants work “there are conversations in which Maya, Spanish and English are spoken in the same sentence.”
Therefore, in Canada you can hear phrases with words in Maya, Spanish, English and French, emphasized during interviews given officially.
López Alcosar said the municipalities that expelled the migrants are Tuncas, Oxkutzcab, Muna, Aquile, Peto, Zucacab and Cenotillo, mainly from the south, followed by those from the east.
Currently, there are approximately 180,000 Yucatecans in the United States, and most of the Yucatecans established in the American Federation live in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, as well as Portland, Oregon. To a lesser extent, there are fellow countrymen in Denver, Colorado; Thousand & Oxnard in California; in Dallas, Texas; Washington, Seattle, as well as in Florida.