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• Por qué los puertorriqueños se van de la isla

• BLOG # 88-Nov 6, 2021 at 11:07:30 AM

• Why Puerto Ricans are leaving the island

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Experts say established Puerto Rican communities in places like Florida and New York attract new migrants, who then disperse around the country. Puerto Rican populations increased in Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois and several other states in 2018, according to U.S. Census data.

– Natural disasters have made Puerto Rico only more inhospitable, one expert said. Jennifer Colón, 39, and her family moved from Toa Alta, a city of 67,000 southwest of San Juan, to West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2017, just after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

I didn’t have enough to keep my kids comfortable. I knew after the hurricane that prices on the island would go up, for light, for water and for food. That was going to be so difficult for us.
– Jennifer Colón, 39 Former resident of Puerto Rico

As younger people have left the island for new opportunities, its education system has spiraled. The University of Puerto Rico has lost tens of millions of dollars in funding, and the number of operational K-12 public schools has decreased.

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My 2 cents opinion:
Puerto Rico has long had the strategy of facilitating shedding of its population as a way to reduce civic unrest. Often, most who yearned for economic progress to live a middle class life, had to leave the island to places more in need of labor. As a result, the ones left behind see the diminishing prospects of its economy ever improving, since its aging population cannot sustain public education, utilities services, road maintenance, or create new sources of revenue. Even when Puerto Rico has plenty of fertile lands, it does not have enough laborers to work the land. Young people organize sporadic public protests that do not translate to changes after an election, with the result of leaving their native land in search of opportunities for a better quality of life. It is a repeating cyclical process that defies a solution.

Puerto Rico ha tenido durante mucho tiempo la estrategia de facilitar el despojo de su población como una forma de reducir los disturbios cívicos. A menudo, la mayoría de los que anhelaban el progreso económico para vivir una vida de clase media, tenían que irse de la isla a lugares más necesitados de mano de obra. Como resultado, los que quedan atrás ven que las perspectivas cada vez menores de qué su economía mejore, ya que la población que envejece no puede sostener la educación pública, los servicios públicos, el mantenimiento de carreteras o crear nuevas fuentes de ingresos. Incluso cuando Puerto Rico tiene muchas tierras fértiles, no tiene suficientes trabajadores para trabajar la tierra. Los jóvenes organizan protestas públicas esporádicas que no se traducen en cambios tras una elección, con el resultado de dejar su tierra natal en busca de oportunidades para una mejor calidad de vida. Esto es una situación cíclica repetitiva que desafía solución.


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