[Marxism] Fwd: Economic exodus means two-thirds of Puerto Ricans may soon live in US | World news | The Guardian

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 3 08:38:27 MDT 2015

Facing a crisis of monumental proportions at home, tens of thousands of 
people are fleeing a Caribbean island in search of a better life in the 
United States only to find hardship and struggle on American shores. 
Their stories sound like those of millions of migrants – poverty at 
home, where the economy lies in tatters – but they differ from millions 
of others: they’re already American.

Unable to pay its $73bn debt, Puerto Rico has begun rationing water, 
closing schools and watching its healthcare system collapse and 45% of 
its people living in poverty. Emigration to the mainland has accelerated 
in recent years, activists say, and data shows that from 2003 to 2013 
there was a population swing of more than 1.5 million people.

“This new wave of immigration can be compared with the immigration in 
the 1930s and 40s,” said Edgardo González, coordinator of the Defenders 
of Puerto Rico, an activist group. The Great Depression and second world 
war spurred the so-called “Great Migration”, when tens of thousands of 
Puerto Ricans moved to New York every year for nearly two decades.


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