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A Binational Perspective of Puerto Rican-Origin Children’s Living Arrangements: A Decade of Change and Migration in Puerto Rico and the United States, 2006 and 2015

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2018-08
Yerís Mayol-García and Charlynn Burd
Component ID: #ti1771863518

Presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, April 2018.

Drastic changes in population size have spillover effects into children’s lives. During the past decade, Puerto Rico has experienced high emigration levels and declining fertility rates resulting in a 29.5 percent decline in the child population on the Island. In contrast, there are now more Puerto Ricans in the United States than on the Island. The implications of these radical population shifts for Puerto Rican children are unknown, but in all likelihood are changing the resources families have to offer children as they grow up. This poster applies a binational lens to examine family, social and demographic characteristics of Puerto Rican children in Puerto Rico and the United States. The authors use American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey data from 2006 and 2015. Additional analyses will consider householder and children’s place of birth and residence one year ago. The findings are evaluated regarding prior research on family migration.

A short paper is also provided to offer additional discussion of the results shown in the poster.

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