Post-graduate students at the University of Guadalajara (UdG) are reaching out to local expatriates to participate in a comparative research survey they are conducting concerning the international communities in the Lake Chapala area and Puerto Vallarta.
One of the general objectives is to demonstrate the importance of these communities for the social fabric in Mexico. The project is intended to help bridge the relationship between foreign immigrants and Mexican government officials.
“Through the Universidad de Guadalajara, the voice and concerns of expats will be heard, improving our way of life here in Mexico,” said survey leaders Marco Cortés and Cecilia Shibya.
Participation is voluntary and responses are strictly confidential, they noted.
The survey is comprised of approximately 50 questions with multiple choice answers covering pertinent aspects of permanent and seasonal residence at Lakeside. Topics range from personal demographic data, to income brackets and cost of living expenses, day-to-day activities and pastimes, connections to local clubs and charitable organizations and religious preferences.
Naturally, the larger the number of survey participants, the better panorama of this area the research will reveal.