Dominicans flee Puerto Rico’s stunning crisis
Santo Domingo.- Puerto Rico’s stunning economic crisis has virtually bankrupt the island, forcing thousands of Dominicans from all walks of life to return home, leaving behind shipping companies, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, beauty salons, barber shops and other businesses in Rio Piedras, Ponce, Santurce, Barrio Obrero and other areas.
Outlet elnacional.com.do reports that aside from numerous owners of shuttered businesses returning from Puerto Rico, also doctors, engineers, nurses and many others who had spent many years on the island.
As an example, the outlet says of the more than 300 Dominican businesses that sold food, drinks and other items in Rio Piedras, only 26 are still open.
Dominicans returning through Las Americas Airport say the businesses still operating in Puerto Rico cannot even make enough to pay the taxes.
They said the businesses that still survive won’t do so for very long, because sales have plunged more than 80 percent.
“There are many compatriots, mostly living without papers, that in order to return home, even had to go to the Dominican consulate in Puerto Rico for help,” said the returnee Petronilla de los Santos.
April 27, 2016
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