Start of recession sparked significant migration from P.R.
|P.R.’s migratory movement per year. (Credit: PRSI)|
When Puerto Rico’s current recession started in 2006, it set off one of the most significant migrations of island residents in recent history, with some 37,000 people leaving in search for a better life that year. In the last five years that number has blown up to more than 300,000, the Migrant Profile released by the Puerto Rico Statistics Institute showed on Monday.
- Although the Puerto Rico Community Survey began in 2005, the data that is available leads to the conclusion that more than 300,000 Puerto Rico residents moved to the U.S. mainland between 2005 and 2009, and a little over 160,000 people moved back to the island. That said, Puerto Rico lost 144,000 residents, or 4 percent of its population in the last five years.
- With the exception of 2009, migration contributed to speeding up the population’s aging process in the last five years, the survey showed. The average age of people who left the island was 30-years-old.
- Migrants had a higher education level than those who came to the island.