Morena presented the initiative to pay social pensions to Mexican seniors living abroad
Deputy Manuel Alejandro Robles Gómez (Morena) presented an initiative proposing a reform of Article 4 of the Constitution Lowering the age at which older adults can receive a pension from the Mexican state from 68 to 65 years.
Likewise, so that they have access to the federal government’s social program, regardless of whether they live in the country or not.
“People over 65 years old You are entitled to a non-contributory pension from the state in accordance with the conditions established by law. regardless of where they live, even outside the country’s borders,” says the reform proposal.
Deputy Robles Gómez pointed out that building a more egalitarian country requires building an inclusive society “in which all the social groups that make up our Mexico fit in and do not exclude, forget or make them invisible.”
“For this reason, pension protection for older adults must be expanded so that Mexicans in this situation who do not reside in our country can also exercise this right.” When it comes to rights, we must be ambitious and always try to respect the principle of progressiveness,” he specified in his proposal.
Senior citizens’ pensions currently benefit 11.5 million people and according to the proposals of the 2024 Economic Package, it has increased its budget 7.4 times since 2018, when 1,160 pesos were granted every two months, to 4,800 pesos in 2023. In 2024, the amount will increase by 25% compared to last year and will remain at 6,000 pesos every two months.
Despite it, The Morena bench in the Chamber of Deputies has refused to lower the age to 60 years so that an older adult can receive a free pension from the Mexican State, as proposed by the virtual candidate of the Frente Amplio por México, Xóchitl Gálvez, on September 2, 2023.
Deputy Aleida Alavez, Deputy Coordinator of the Morena Bank in the Chamber of Deputies, He pointed out that Senator Gálvez’s proposal was demagogic and that there were no resources for it.
For his part, coordinator Ignacio Mier agreed that Xóchitl Gálvez’s proposal was not feasible and that the social program could conflict with contributory pensions.
“A reduction to 60 would mean a specific review. We must not forget that the economically active population is the percentage of people aged 60 to 65 who are employed is very high, so there could be contradictions between contributory pensions and social pensions,” he commented on September 5.