“For an island long crippled by enormous debt and an essentially bankrupt financial system, Puerto Rico’s road to recovery has gone from long to seemingly endless.” — NY Times, Sept. 22, 2017

My island of Puerto Rico was seemingly hit all at once by a triumvirate of casualties:  Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the $73 billion Greek-like debt crisis following a decade-long recession that pushed the unemployment rate over 20%. But unlike Greece, thousands of residents, many of them young professionals, have fled to the mainland seeking career opportunities. Now there is a shortage of skilled laborers who are needed for reconstruction.

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