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85,000 Puerto Ricans left their country in October

Staff Writer | January 15, 2018
Over 85,000 Puerto Rico left their country in October, 2017, after being ravaged by hurricane Maria, that caused great devastation in this Caribbean island.
Puerto Ricans
Disaster   2.6 percent of the population
The exodus of 85,502 persons represents 2.6 percent of the population of Puerto Rico, according to estimates of the Survey of the Community Census Department corresponding to July, 2017.

This data shows that one out of 38 Puerto Ricans left the country, indicates daily El Nuevo Dia.

The emigration index of last October doubles the anual average of net movement of passengers that is registered since 2005, one of the last years in which Puerto Rican population grew.

According to the newspaper, the months of November and December have not been computed, but it is expected that 2017 was the most intense year in migration terms over the last two decades.

Between January and October abandoned the island 192 thousand 974 persons more than the number entering through the main ports of the island, representing 5.8 percent of the inhabitants in Puerto Rico at the middle of 2017.

Sixty-five percent of emigrants in 2017 abandoned the country in the months of September and October, after the hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the island.