Persons in Transit

“Many landowners pay buscones (headhunters) to round up the labor supply. These headhunters often promise young Haitians a “work permit” and also extract a fee from the prospective immigrant for the work. Haitians are often stripped of their Haitian identity cards and find themselves working long hours in challenging conditions for extremely low wages. […] These communities remain stateless and marginalized from Dominican society. Only 5 percent are documented and, because they are considered “persons in transit,” no path to citizenship has ever been available to this population or to their children—or subsequent generations—even those born on the batey who identify themselves as Dominican rather than Haitian. […] Without birth certificates, these Haitian-Dominicans have limited access to government services, from schools to clinics.” Pg 39-40

Sadler, Karen and Kim Wilson. “Dominican Republic: A Guide for Global Health Workers, Medical Practitioners, and NGO Volunteers.” Geisel Series in Global Health and Medicine. Dartmouth 2015.

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