On the Caribbean island of Hispanola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, grave human rights concerns affecting those of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic have recently erupted. Over the years, thousands of Haitians have come to the Dominican Republic to work the farms there and provide cheap construction and other manual labor. Recently, with the economic and natural disasters that have befallen Haiti, more Haitians have been arriving in the Dominican Republic. Many have put down roots and are raising families. Today, an estimated 200,000 people born in the Dominican Republic have parents who were born in Haiti. The welcome they receive is not always warm. In fact, anti-Haitian sentiment and even physical violence against those of Haitian descent living in there is on the rise.
Irene Scharf, Your View: The stateless state of Caribbean residents, The Standard Times, November 12, 2013.