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State delegates anticipate flood of earthquake migrants

Cancun, Q.R. — State delegates say they are expecting a flow of migrants from the west of Mexico from those effected by last week’s earthquake.

Enoel Pérez Cortez, state delegate of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Security, says that in Oaxaca alone, 80 of the 120 municipalities were affected by the quake, and although recovery efforts are underway, state officials are expecting many to arrive in Quintana Roo for work.

He explained that migratory groups from Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca will likely set out for the state in hopes of improving their living conditions. Currently, the state of Quintana Roo has a register with the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) showing it to be the state with the highest growth rate in the country in terms of employment.

Pérez Cortez says that it is already common for people from these states to head east to find a good job, however in the wake of the recent earthquake, the state is anticipating migrant flows to grow significantly for trades including construction and tourism. The new flow will likely be felt around the state starting November when companies begin hiring for the busy tourist season.