Where have all the children of Puerto Rico gone?
The island, which is already battling a long-running financial crisis, high unemployment, increasing migration, and the devastation caused by the deadly Hurricane Maria, also faces a dramatically dwindling population of young children and working age adults.
The number of children under 5 years old fell from 251,000 in 2006 — when the island’s fiscal crisis began — to 146,000 in 2017, a 42 percent decline, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.
Meanwhile, the numbers of school-age children dropped 30 percent, from 883,000 to 609,000.
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Dramatic decline in young children brings ‘demographic winter’ to Puerto Rico
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