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Haitians flock to the Dominican Republic to escape squalor, hunger | World Mag


Two days ago in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic (DR), unidentified assailants killed a Haitian man and hung his corpse from a tree. Police questioned several Dominican and Haitian suspects but made no arrests. Racial tension and violence plague the island Haiti and the DR share, though it is unclear if the murder was racially motivated.

More than a million Haitians live in poverty in the DR, preferring that to the squalor and hunger of Haiti. Haitian-born Mares Pierre has lived in both countries but prefers the DR: “There are job opportunities here. In Haiti there is just poverty, just hunger.” While both countries are poor, the GDP of the DR is 7.5 times greater than Haiti’s. The unemployment rate is 15 percent in the DR but 60 percent in Haiti. via World Mag

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