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People Stripped of Dominican Citizenship Fill Border Camps in Haiti

Tensions between Dominican Republic and Haiti have historically been quite high, even though Haitian workers make significant contributions to DR’s economy. Following a 2013 Constitutional Court ruling which retroactively stripped citizenship from descendants of immigrants, thousands of people of Haitian descent were deported or fled to Haiti. Now, those people are trying to make a life in camps on the Haitian side of the border. Many of them have no job prospects and no significant ties to a country they haven’t been in for years, if ever.

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For background info on what’s happening in DR, click HERE.

Deported From Their Own Country

Jacob Kushner, TakePart

March 11, 2016

FOND BAYARD, Haiti—On April 28, 2009, Julia Antoine gave birth to a girl in a hospital in the town of Los Mina, in the Dominican Republic. Her husband, Fritz Charles, couldn’t be there—he was busy working his job at a chicken farm.

In the coming days, the couple named the girl Kimberly. When the family went home, Antoine was given a document from the hospital noting the birth, the date, and the word hembra, or female. They didn’t bother trying to get Kimberly an official birth certificate. Although Antoine and Charles had spent many years living and working in the Dominican Republic, they were Haitian citizens, and it was well known that Dominican officials routinely denied birth certificates to children born to Haitian parents if, like Antoine and Charles, the parents couldn’t furnish passports or other legal documents.

Still, Kimberly was, by law, entitled to Dominican citizenship. Yet in 2015, she was deported along with her mother.


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For background info on what’s happening in DR, click HERE.

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