In the United States, the Hispanic community was particularly affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Census Bureau’s 2021 Income and Program Participation Survey (SIPP) indicates that one in three Hispanics living in the country and one in four non-Hispanics living in the country experienced economic hardship throughout 2020. felt.
The situation was particularly dire for the population of Dominican or Salvadoran origin, affected by 50 percent.
Cubans, Colombians and Mexicans fared better
Helena Olia, associate director of Alianza Americas, a network of expatriates in the United States, recalls that 2020 was the start of the pandemic in that country, a moment of paralysis and economic downturn, so one must wonder what job they worked for. . those populations. Without confirmation, this advances the idea that it is likely that they were people who were fired early, therefore leaving them without economic income.
In the case of communities of Colombian and Cuban origin, Alianza America found that they are people who have a higher level of education, the result of which is that they have greater social inclusion and better job stability. Those people, as well as Mexicans, are people who could afford to work remotely and were not workers known as “frontline workers”, many of whom were laid off.
The ultimate family solidarity that people whose families are rooted in the United States or were able to return to their countries of origin can be relied upon by how the pandemic was impacted by communities, particularly Dominicans.
The associate director of Alianza Americas believes it is necessary to deepen the analysis to know whether this has anything to do with the fact that the affected Dominican community has a high proportion of Afro-descendants.
Regarding Salvador, everything indicates that the negative effects were concentrated in the population of recent entry into the United States, who could not take advantage of legal status such as asylum or temporary protection. secrecy denied him official assistance