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Post-Hurricane Maria Exodus from Puerto Rico and School Enrollment in Florida

Edwin Meléndez
Jennifer Hinojosa
Nashia Roman

 

Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico and its population has led to a significant exodus to the United States, especially to the state of Florida. Prior estimates of the magnitude of this exodus have been based on movement of passengers or statistical projections based on recent migration trends from Puerto Rico to the United States. In this report, we use post-Hurricane Maria school enrollment data from Florida school districts to assess the population flows from Puerto Rico. School enrollment data is considered a more reliable indicator of permanent migration than other data currently available. 

Post-Hurricane Maria Exodus from Puerto Rico and School Enrollment in Florida

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