BILLINGSBURG, N.C. — Expatriates from around the world will get the opportunity to settle their cases with the government of Puerto Rico this week, as it seeks to cover the cost of its recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
The U.S. territory of 2.5 million people is one of the first U.N. territories to be fully recovered from the storm, and it faces a number of issues, including an economic recovery that has been hampered by heavy-handed federal and local aid and a political stalemate.
Puerto Rico, which is the third-most populous U.A.E. nation, is still reeling from a severe economic crisis, and more than 3,000 people have died in the storm’s aftermath.
As the U.K. is preparing to take control of its Caribbean territory of Dominica next week, a lawsuit by a group of expatriates will be brought against Dominica for what it alleges was unfair treatment, and the U-turn by the U:S.
government on providing aid to the island.
In a filing on Thursday, attorneys for the U and Puerto Rico filed a complaint against Dominican President Ricardo Martinelli for failing to act before the storm hit the island in September.
The island is the United Kingdom’s only Caribbean territory, and a British colony.
Martinelli and U.R. President Ricardo Rodríguez Márquez have not yet commented on the lawsuit.
While the U is looking to have the case resolved, the Puerto Rican government is also looking to recover some of the $2 billion in compensation it is owed by expatriate banks and other businesses that were hit by the storm.
Since the storm struck, Puerto Rico has been grappling with its debt problems, and has been struggling to pay its bills.
“I have seen the damage, I know the damage,” said Carmen Villareal, who was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in the United States since the 1960s.
“And the government is not able to recover the money.
We are now looking for a solution.”
As it recovers from the effects of Maria, the island has set aside $1.3 billion in funds to help pay for reconstruction and compensation.