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Foreigners are 8% of inhabitants in DR

Foreigners make up 7.9% of the total population of 9,716,940 inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, according to a First National Poll of Immigrants (ENI-2012) carried out by the National Statistics Office (ONE). The results of the survey indicate that there are 768,783 foreigners of which Haitians are 668,145 persons, reflecting the predominance of Haitians among immigrants in the Dominican Republic. Of the total 209,912 are children of Haitian immigrants and 34,239 were born to people of other nationalities. The survey also revealed that 64.4% of the immigrants are men.

ONE director Pablo Tactuck said that the National Immigration Legalization Plan was designed using this data that was compiled in 2012.

The poll revealed the presence of immigrants from 60 countries. After Haiti, the numbers showed United States (13,514), Spain (6,720), Puerto Rico (4,416), Italy (4,040), China (3,643), France (3,599), Venezuela (3,434), Cuba (3,145), Colombia (2,738) and Germany (1,792).

To carry out the poll, the researchers visited 68,146 households nationwide and interviewed 20,446 people.

The poll showed that 38.6% arrived from 2010 to 2012, 23.6% from 2006-2009, 18.5% from 2000-2005, and 17.3% in 2000.

Most of those polled said they had migrated in pursuit of work opportunities. The average wage of the immigrants was RD$12,441. The poll revealed that 72% are employed, most in construction and farming. An estimated 36% work in farming, 26% in construction, 16.5% in commerce, and 10.4% other services.

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