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November 2007: Migration Watch

An analysis of the Puerto Rican migration to the USA

In recent months, there has been a media blitz about PR migration towards the US. Many have said the traditional migration patterns of low-skilled workers have changed, and now perhaps too many highly qualified professionals may be leaving (a “brain drain” problem). This issue reviews historical trends, the characteristics of Puerto Rican population in the United States, the main states of destination, how this flow has changed during the past seven years and what are the economic effects of these migratory patterns in Puerto Rico. Find out if we face an exodus of professionals or blue collar workers?