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Haitian immigration to Puerto Rico on the rise

According to the latest statistics from the United States Coastguard, Customs Office and Border Protection (CBP), over the last two years, a new wave of Haitian immigrants has overtaken the number of Dominicans who have travelled to Puerto Rico illegally.

The changes in immigration patterns as reflected in the number of Haitians captured by the United States government in 2012, two years after the earthquake, shows an increase of 434% in 2013. In the years from 2003 to 2011 the number of Haitians captured ranged from two to 43 and in 2012 it reached 111, 2013 there were 594 and by October this year, 732.

Since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the United States Security Department has granted Haitians a special status of being “temporarily protected citizens”, which means they cannot be deported once they arrive on US soil. If, however, they are intercepted on the high seas, then they are repatriated to Haiti. This special status will last up to 22 June 2016.

In the last year around 600 Haitians arrived in Puerto Rico. Most have work in construction or painting houses and live in the area of Santurce. The rest emigrate to the United States mainland or Canada.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

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