Nearly 20% of all Dominicans live abroad
Santo Domingo.- Nearly two million Dominicans, 20 percent of the population, live abroad, said the Council for Dominican Communities Abroad (Condex), which notes that 1,334,000 of those reside just in the U.S. as of July 2008.
In his address to Congress in February, president Leonel Fernandez affirmed that in New York alone, Dominicans are the second highest concentration of the Latino population, and the first in Puerto Rico, with 60% of all immigrants.
The researcher Marianella Belliard, of the Migrant Observatory of the Caribbean (OBMICA), said the first wave of Dominican emigration to the U.S. was in the 1960s, when the repression from Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship forced many Dominicans to leave the country.
Source: Dominican Today
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