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Haitian Migrants in Mexico Look Towards the Future

Thousands of Haitian migrants currently reside in Mexican border towns, stuck in a state of limbo after their dreams of political asylum in the United States were crushed. Many are seeking to start new lives by building houses and seeking approval from the Mexican government to work. The large influx of Haitian migrants to the area has created lively Haitian communities, where many are looking to turn their temporary situations into permanent homes. However, a large number of migrants are still waiting for approval from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country, and this uncertainty poses major threats to their security and stability in the future.

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Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. border

Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters

March 16, 2017

People walk past a building where Haitian migrants rent apartments in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Kneeling on a patch of flat earth with a shovel in hand, Thea Nonce Jean tips cement where a floor is about to be laid.

His house is the first to be built in a tiny Haitian community on the edge of Tijuana, Mexico, a city just south of the U.S. border.

“There’s room for around 100 families on these plots, that means around 400 people. They can’t keep living in the shelters,” said Gustavo Banda, a local pastor who gave up the land for the construction of the settlement.

Jean, a 32-year-old Haitian stranded thousands of miles from home after hopes of asylum in the United States faded last year, is one of hundreds from the poor Caribbean nation now seeking to make a life in Tijuana.

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