According to a recent report released by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, over 135,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to the U.S. Mainland after Hurricane Maria. It is estimated that the majority, from 50,000 to 75,000, have settled in Florida.
Migration figures of incoming Puerto Ricans to the U.S. can be estimated, but there are many questions that are left unanswered. Clearly, this migration will transform Florida's landscape in multiple respects and many are taking notice.
That is why leaders in the Puerto Rican community around the state of Florida as well as the Puerto Rican Leadership Council concluded that more information is needed about the current status of Florida's Puerto Rican community and their future. This study will be the center-piece of the Symposium. In addition to the data, a non-partisan organization was needed to lead the effort of disseminating information to all Florida Puerto Rican organizations and beyond. This led to the formation of the Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida (PRAF) in late 2017, a nonprofit non-partisan corporation. The PRAF’s main goal is to unify Florida's Puerto Rican community and provide a central hub of information to educate, engage, and mobilize our community in a nonpartisan, data-driven way- especially in the aid of those displaced by Hurricane Maria. The “Nuestro Futuro” Symposium is the first step in that direction.
Rep. Robert Asencio
Dr. Jorge Duany
Dr. Eduardo Gamarra
Contact Us: Geena Batista, Executive Director, PRAF
3731 SW 47th Ave, #403, Davie, FL 786-490-6727
“Over the past five years the population of Puerto Ricans in Florida has grown steadily stemming from several factors including: longtime residents in the northeast who opted for the warmer climate in Florida; the long term financial crisis on the island that resulted in high unemployment and negative growth rates; and, two successive hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. Estimates of the size of the Puerto Rican exodus since the hurricane range between 50,000 and 200,000. The only reliable figures are Census Bureau estimates (ACS Survey) that show that in 2017 approximately 1, 014,340 Puerto Ricans lived in Florida, most living in Orange, Hillsborough, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. The proposed survey of Puerto Ricans is an attempt to establish a public opinion baseline of this recent exodus. The poll seeks to identify major issues and challenges affecting this population. At the same time, the survey will ask questions about the factors that precipitated their departure from Puerto Rico to expectations about their future life in Florida including political behavior.” Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, Creator of the Survey