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Fear and loathing in the Caribbean: Haitians in the Dominican Republic

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Dread swept immigrant areas of the Dominican Republic, fanned by a history of discrimination against the country’s poorer, darker, Haitian neighbours. An unknown number of Haitians and others faced expulsion after the passing of a deadline to apply to stay legally. Some had queued for days to get paperwork in. Only just over half of the 500,000 immigrants, mostly Haitian, had filed their forms shortly before the deadline expired on June 17th. Those under threat include people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic decades ago. Many have never lived in Haiti. “People could be expatriated from the country in which they were born. That would make them stateless in Haiti,” says Bridget Wooding of Obmica, a think-tank in Santo Domingo.

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The Economist Newspaper …