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As economic woes deepen, Puerto Ricans flee to the Dominican Republic
A growing number of financially strapped Puerto Ricans are moving to the D.R. to open businesses and escape economic chaos that has scared away even many Dominican migrants.
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In this Jan. 22, 2016 photo, workers measure luggage size as passengers wait to board a ferry headed for the Dominican Republic, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A growing number of financially strapped Puerto Ricans are moving to the neighboring Caribbean country to open businesses and escape economic chaos that has scared away even many Dominican migrants. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

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In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, a passenger rides an escalator to board a ferry headed for the Dominican Republic, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flow of migrants between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has typically moved in one direction, but the U.S. territory's deep economic crisis is reversing this trend, with a growing number of financially strapped Puerto Ricans moving to the neighboring Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

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In this Jan. 23, 2016, Puerto Rican Virginia Correa waits for taxi service in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Correa traveled half a day via ship from San Juan to the Dominican capital to visit her son, who is studying medicine at a Dominican university. Officials say it's hard to quantify exactly how many Puerto Ricans have moved to the Dominican Republic in recent years because they fall under the general category of U.S. citizens, but they say the trend is undeniable. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

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In this Jan. 23, 2016 photo, a tourist poses for a "selfie" in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, backdropped by the Caribbean Fantasy, which ferries travelers between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. Puerto Ricos economic crisis is reversing a migration trend as more islanders head to the Dominican Republic. Officials say it's hard to quantify exactly how many Puerto Ricans have moved to the Dominican Republic in recent years because they fall under the general category of U.S. citizens, but they say the trend is undeniable. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

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In this Jan. 15, 2016 photo, Puerto Rican Francisco Perez, makes a phone call in his new office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Perez worked more than 20 years for an insurance company in Puerto Rico, but began to see his income shrink as car sales on the island plummeted. When a job opportunity presented itself in late 2014 to work for a Puerto Rican company in the Dominican Republic that paid in U.S. dollars, he took it. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

As economic woes deepen, Puerto Ricans flee to the Dominican Republic

A growing number of financially strapped Puerto Ricans are moving to the D.R. to open businesses and escape economic chaos that has scared away even many Dominican migrants.

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