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State prepares for migration of those displaced by earthquakes

Cancun, Q.R. — State Ministry of Labor and Social Security officials are preparing for an increase in migration from those affected by the September earthquakes in central and Pacific Mexico.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS) is expecting an increase in migration from those that have been displaced as a result of the September earthquakes. STPS officials say they believe that the migration can be absorbed at a working level.

“It does affect us and we have to plan and be prepared because there is already a migration starting. Workers are very likely to come to Quintana Roo because it is a productive state with a high range of opportunities. Even in August we ended up generating jobs ” said Catalina Portillo, head of the secretariat in the state.

Both the Ministry of Labor and the private sector will have to consider the expected migration, especially in Riviera Maya where there is the greatest amount of movement in the way of opportunities.

Portillo says that as the families arrive, STPS is preparing specific projects to help achieve job performance because this level of fluctuation often affects everyone. She explains that as they arrive, they will find a job and be trained, meaning the company will invest in them.

“We will continue to promote employment fairs, and if a lot of people arrive, we have the state service of employment and training to help them with work. Now, we are creating a strong relationship with companies,” adding that “In Quintana Roo the unemployment rate is 3.2 percent.”