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Costs drive US retirement migration to Latin America

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


The growth of Latin America as a destination for foreign retirees.


Several Latin American countries offer incentives to encourage foreigners -- particularly from the United States -- to retire there. While this is still a relatively small-scale phenomenon, it has been growing over recent years and has a significant economic impact in areas where retirees are concentrated.


  • Latin American countries offer increasingly generous incentives to encourage retirees to settle there.
  • Any increase in political instability in destination countries would stem the flow of retirees quickly and dramatically.
  • Cultural and language barriers will be a major deterrent despite the growth of retirement communities.

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