Economy February 17, 2023 | 9:30 am

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Economists say country can’t take more Haitian immigrants

The Dominican College of Economists (Codeco) stated that the Dominican economy can not support more illegal Haitian immigrants and that there is no room to give them more jobs with over a million people already living in the Dominican Republic. The professional union stated that, while trade with Haiti has remained dynamic and a portion of the goods consumed by its population enters through the border, the Dominican economy can not support more immigration due to the high cost to the Dominican State. In a statement, Codeco said that the Haitian population’s crisis exceeds the country’s capacity.

“There is no longer room to give them more employment when there are over a million Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, of whom about 700,000 are employed in various sectors, contributing their labor to national development and sending remittances worth about US$1 billion annually, including those who do not register in the national accounts,” the economists argue. Similarly, Codeco emphasized the high cost of border security for the national budget, as well as education and health costs to serve hundreds of thousands of illegal Haltians, which it claims undermines the ability to protect the two million Dominicans who live in poverty and rely on government assistance. They say that the country currently helps the Haitian population by supplying the goods they need, sometimes creating food shortages in the domestic market.

He went on to say that the Dominican government, through its migratory control policy, is exercising its right to protect its borders by preventing the Haitian crisis from spreading to its territory, and that “we have lived together peacefully with the Haitians who have resided in the country for decades, many of whom have become related to Dominicans and have made friends and businesses in various sectors of the economy, but we can never forget.”


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Paul Tierney
February 17, 2023 9:49 am

They complain and complain about Haitian immigrants ad nauseum. Then do nothing worthwhile to remedy the illegal entries. The real solution is to seal the border with the exception of commercial traffic. It won’t be done because it is said the mafias control the border.

Dave Lopes
February 18, 2023 3:15 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Seal it with no exception.

Paul Tierney
February 18, 2023 8:25 am
Reply to  Dave Lopes

Commercial traffic is needed because Haiti is second in line after the USA for the purchase of Dominican exported products. A door shut to Dominican exports will only encourage more Haitians to illegally cross the border caused by a lack of Dominican products, staples, within Haiti they need to survive. A shut door will hurt the Dominican economy.

Alberto Gomez
February 17, 2023 11:12 am

I’m for sure United States , France Guayana, Canada have enough territory for the Haitians. Dominican Republic have done more than them three country combine , helping Haitians. Dominican Republic should be the rightful owner of the whole island.

Dave Lopes
February 18, 2023 3:14 am
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

lol, you are crying over one million and now you want to own the whole island and the 12 million in Haiti????

Alberto Gomez
February 18, 2023 12:04 pm
Reply to  Dave Lopes

Well I guess you didn’t read my comment correctly, like I said the United States, France ( Guayana) , and Canada have enough empty territory ( land) for the 12 million Haitians. They (Haitians )desperately want to leaves their side of the island anyway they can. Next time read carefully small ears man.

Ramon Garcia
February 17, 2023 12:08 pm

Everybody knows there are much more than one million Haitians in DR. It is difficult to count undocumented people in a census, but 3 million is a more realistic figure. This article left out the impact of the massive Haitian presence in DR in the areas of healthcare and education.

Luis Grullon
February 18, 2023 6:04 pm

If the government won’t do is job, the people will I hope we don’t get to that point it will me messy. Dominicans ain’t stupid. Let’s hope the government can seal the border,deport illegals, only let legal migration

John Henry
February 19, 2023 9:19 am

It’s all BS! They can only take the cheap labor !! The problem is going to keep on growing when you don’t fix the structural problem with the countries weak institutions. Especially on immigration. There is NO solution no policies! It’s broken just America’s immigration system is, but worst!
a lot of nice buildings, nice roads etc, and that’s commendable!! But does not make a sustainable country! Country is for sale ala Jamaica ( minus immigration problems they don’t have ).
DR is no longer yours Mr. Soto! It belongs to the world now!! But mostly China, Spain and some other European countries. America tryna get in on the action, late albeit. Just get what you can while you can! Thasssssit!!