‘Classes’ of Cuenca expats: How those who arrive together stick together

By Sylvan Hardy The large influx of foreigners to Cuenca has turned this Andean city into a world-class laboratory experiment for a major “amenities migration” during the past decade. In the early years, it was overwhelmingly retirees from the U.S. and Canada arriving in town. While the gringos continue to predominate, today we are seeing a demographic shift toward younger, more European newcomers. There is even a small Chinese expat community forming. A notable phenomenon of the influx, no matter the timing, is how the successive waves of immigrants display certain group characteristics. In some ways, the expatriation movement to…

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