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July 2005: The Hidden Side of the PR Population

An overview of migratory movements in PR

Migration is maybe one of the most dynamic components in any society. Inflows and outflows of people shape culture, ethnography, religion and the economy overall, and change in a short time what otherwise would take many years. Migration impinges on the foremost economic factor: human capital. Notwithstanding the importance of migratory movements, policymakers in Puerto Rico resist to give them the priority they deserve. In this issue we address this unknown side of our society. We will explore this world, the world of people coming to our island but also those Puerto Ricans who are looking for better luck in other lands. Find out how migration is shaping Puerto Rico’s present and future.