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"Introduction: Migration in the Periphery of Empire", in Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States by Edgardo Melendez, made available by Knowledge Unlatched under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

Introduction: Migration in the Periphery of Empire

Introduction: Migration in the Periphery of Empire

by Edgardo Meléndez

 

 

I N T R O D U C T I O N

Migration in the Periphery of Empire

It is quite significant that in the years close to the commemoration of the centennial of the Jones Act and the grant of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans by Congress in 1917, most news regarding Puerto Rico in the local, U.S., and global media is related to the worst economic crisis the island has experienced since the 1930s. While Puerto Ricans argue about the turmoil created by the Puerto Rican government’s seemingly un payable public debt and its related financial crisis, the second news item widely debated in the local media is the continued discussion regarding the increasing number of Puerto Ricans leaving the island for the United States as a result of this economic situation.

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