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Refugee Crisis Begins on DR-Haiti Border

A refugee crisis is developing on the border of the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti as thousands of people of Haitian descent flee discrimination and threats in DR. In 2013, the DR government issued a ruling that retroactively stripped citizenship from descendants of immigrants born in the country all the way back to 1929. This left hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless and when most were unable to meet difficult registration deadlines, DR promised to begin deporting them. Facing the threat of sudden deportation, along with harassment and threats from their neighbors, thousands packed their belongings and moved to Haiti. Large camps have formed on the border, full of people who have no resources, no support, and often no family ties. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. [OP ED] The Other […]

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