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Now Puerto Ricans prefer to emigrate to Dominican Republic

San Juan, Puerto Rico.- Newspaper Primera Hora on Monday reported that Dominican Republic’s economic growth has prompted Puerto Ricans to look to emigrate to their Caribbean neighbor .

It also said the number of Dominican immigrants to the island has fallen, a development which the Dominican Navy had recently confirmed.

“Until recently, when Puerto Rico was a country that grew economically, it received weekly thousands of Dominican brethren on its shores, who risked their lives to try his luck on the island.

Primera Hora reports a “dramatic change” of the situation. “Fewer and fewer Dominicans reach the island’s coast and Puerto Ricans are now looking to the Dominican Republic as a destination for anew life and economic progress.”

The reason for this change is simple: while Puerto Rico has spent nearly a decade in a brutal recession, its neighboring country’s economy grows rapidly.

“Applications for residency by Puerto Ricans who want to go and live in Quisqueya (DR) have increased dramatically,” says Dominican Consulate in Puerto Rico Deputy administrator Golfris Tatis, quoted by Primera Hora.

The official said in recent years hundreds of Puerto Ricans have been seeking some kind of visa to do business or retirees who want to stretch their bucks there.

“Dominican Republic has perfected trade agreements with several countries, including one with the United States which buoy investors’ confidence and led to nearly 7% annual growth.”


It’s the second reversal in Dominican-Puerto Rican immigration in less than one century, since Puerto Ricans flocked to Dominican Republic’s east region in the early 1900s to work in the thriving sugar industry of the era.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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