The Real Deal Miami

Expo helps Puerto Ricans get their footing in Florida

More than 7,000 attended the event aimed at "educating people about the reality of moving"
March 24, 2014 03:00PM

florida-expo-2014-24Puerto Rico is currently experiencing a recession and an unemployment rate of 15.2 percent. And hard times are driving many Puerto Ricans to move to Florida.

More than 7,000 Puerto Ricans attended the Florida Expo, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The event, which took place in Puerto Rico, is designed to help educate those hoping to relocate to Florida find jobs and houses.

“We’re not selling dreams,” said William Aleman, who organized the expo. “We’re educating people about the reality of moving … There are people who say that living in Florida is like being in Disney. They’re wrong.”

Florida currently has a community of about 1 million people of Puerto Rican descent. [SFBJ]Christopher Cameron