Kelly wrote: Over the last few years, I've seen a lot more people who have fallen in love, and decided to come here rather than take their Peruvian partner back to their home country - because it's easier, and because the economies back there suck so bad right now. So it stands to reason, more people would be looking to get their citizenship if they plan on staying.
I can only speak anecdotally, but as I plan my move to Peru and have talked to more people about it, I find this to be true (about Americans, anyway.) More and more people seem to be relocating (either for love or work) because the economy here is getting so bad. Recent generations are more "mobile" than those of our parents or grandparents, so the idea of moving out of the country to prosper (or survive!) is more acceptable these days.
This played into my decision to relocate to Peru (possibly permanently) rather than establish my business' branch and then come back. Just a few years ago I intended on setting up a Central/South American branch in Mexico, but when that country went to heck, I started looking elsewhere. Peru is perfect. But the original plan was just to set up the office, spend a few months here, get locals to run it, and then come back. Now with the US economy so bad that I am getting torn apart financially, the notion of staying in Peru is just a wiser decision, economically. I can just fly back and forth from Lima to the US and keep running my business from Lima, while taking advantage of the economic benefits.
I just have to navigate all the complexities with regard to immigration (I will be coming and going A LOT) and taxes between two countries.
Peru is definitely in the consciousness of Americans now, as a place to "escape" to get away from the declining US economy. Without getting too political, I think many US folks recognize that both political parties have pretty much abdicated any responsibility for governance, and are now just obsessed with the election cycle and retaining incumbency. (Ironic that a democracy that has criticized single-party states like the USSR and China now has two parties that are each laser-focused on creating a single party state, provided it's THEIR party!)
So many people are trying to figure out where to go. Since the US crisis is national, there's no place within the US to go to, so more and more people are looking outside the border. Peru is a great choice because of its climate, people, relative stability, etc. It also lacks the bad press of other South American nations, such as Venezuela, Colombia or Bolivia (fair or unfair).
I would say that's why we see this explosive growth in Miraflores and other areas targeted for Westerners. I do hope we don't see a schism in classes, although I suppose that may be inevitable.