Trendy Tendencias: US & Mexico

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Queretaro state families leave for US, Causing decrease in students

According to today's article in El Universal, "Migration Depletes Queretaro Schools", the Sierra Gorda region has seen a significant decrease of school-aged children enrolled this year. Migration is being blamed, stating that many of the families have gone to the US to work.

Jalpan's Mayor says that this trend has been occurring for several years now. Schools have been closed, others have had to lay off teachers. It is estimated that at least 900 students overall have left. Of the six schools that existed just a few years ago, only three remain open.

The article ends with the following information:

According to the state population commission, more than 5,000 residents of
Queretaro migrate each year to the United States. The majority, says the
commission, come from the Sierra Gorda region where poverty and marginalization are widespread.

In the community of Arroyo Seco, for example, one in four
homes is supported by dollars sent home from family members working in the
United States, according to a study by the commission.


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