Haitian immigration: mostly students and construction workers
Haitians migrating to the Dominican Republic are coming now to work in construction, farming, and the hotelier sector, or to study, says recent studies carried out by the Observation Center for Migration and Social Development in the Caribbean (OBMICA). In the previous century, Haitian migration was primarily to work in sugar cane fields.
The results of the study were presented on Thursday, 16 February 2017.
Haitian investigators Sabine Manigat, Jean-Marie and Colette Lespinasse Theodat and Dominican Wilfredo Lozano carried out the study.
In making the presentation, Obmica director Bridget Wooding said that every day more and more Haitians are migrating with their ID documents, different from the droves of undocumented Haitians that came to work in the cane fields.
The results show that today more Haitians are enrolled in Dominican universities than in the entire Haitian university system in Haiti. The researchers estimate that to pay for their living expenses and tuition their parents send around US$220 million a year. Haitians students are the only foreign students to not be penalized with out of country tuition fees and pay the same as Dominican students.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Feb 21, 2017
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