Economic Struggles May Cause Latino Community To Shrink
November 23, 2009
By Kate Sheehy
As the economy has tumbled over the last year, immigrants in the Washington area have felt the effects like everyone else. But the impact has gone beyond their own pocketbooks and all the way to the countries they came from.
Many people in Washington's large Hispanic immigrant community have been sending money to the families they left behind. The families, and the economies of those countries, have come to rely on these remittances, as they are known.
But work is scarce, so remittances are down substantially.
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