February 22, 2009

Nación nómada - Nomad Nation

El Nuevo Día has got an interesting article up at the moment about Puerto Rican migration. Today's level could potentially overcome that of the 40's and 50's--which wouldn't surprise me one bit. With the economy of the moment hitting Puerto Rico even harder than it is the U.S., I'm sure we could easy reach unprecedented levels of migration soon. This migration wave is very different though, as the article points out. Skilled, educated workers are unable to find jobs on the island and are accepting offers on the mainland instead. Worth reading.

7 comments:

Efrain Ortiz Jr. said...

Gracias, definitely a interesting article.

Anonymous said...

It's truly amazing. I lived in Puerto Rico from 2004-2008...I moved to Texas and I can honestly say that although it may seem like the pay in Texas is better, and people have the misconception that things are less expensive, we lived amazingly well in Puerto Rico and our standard of living in the US is nowhere near what it was for those 4 years in Puerto Rico. We are anxiously waiting to move back as soon as my husband is transferred back.

Anonymous said...

And here I am thinking about moving back to the States. 'The grass is always greener...'

Anonymous said...

The problem with the "skilled" labor in the island is that we are using an educational system that in no way relates to the cicumstances of the island. We mimick the system of the occupiers, and ignore the reality of our own economy. Puerto Rico could be a regional economic leader in the caribbean, but ask around and see who can pinpoint Barbados on a map. Our future is not on the north, is south of us. Despierta Borikua!

mafuman said...

i disagree, our position in the hemisphere allows our future to be the north and the south. As we straddle both North and South America and we have the ability to communicate with both.

Anonymous said...

It has been going on for years. I moved due to a transfer of my job and going back several times and comparing a life style and peace of mind I have decided to stay on the mainland. I get more pay here, I live in a good area, my house is worth more now then when I bought it, but the peace of mind and not hearing bochinche, driving in traffic that would take me hours to get around the metro of San Juan is just heaven. I love Puerto Rico, but we have too much people living on the island and too much bad service by the government is something that I do miss. I will love my culture, my customs, and the natural beauty of the island, but at my age peace of mind is worth more! I will never stop being a Boricua no matter where I live.

Which You Were Here said...

I move to Texas in 2010 and I can tell you is amazing! Not perfect and the street are not made out of gold or oil, but is better than back home in many many ways. I live in DFW, and there is not a Puerto Rican community here as you will find it in Orlando or New York. Which I think is awesome. We have no other option but to assimilate the Texan way. I get exited or nostalgic when I hear someone speaking boricua on the crowd...and believe me you can pick a boricua in the crowd miles away. I love Texas...there something about it that is so similar between Texans and Puerto Ricans...both are very proud people and both of them think that the world revolve around them! Lol!