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Haiti - Social : The economic crisis pushes Haitian at border to DR
13/07/2019 08:58:45

Haiti - Social : The economic crisis pushes Haitian at border to DR
The economy of the border town of Ouanaminthe located 600 meters from Dajabón in the Dominican Republic, like that of other cities close to the Dominican border, has deteriorated sharply, causing major displacements of undocumented Haitians in the neighboring Republic, Haitian traders said...

Involved devaluation of the Gourde, compared to the Dominican peso, which aggravates the misery of Haitians. Osine Bernabá, Jean Osí and Dinó Pourié Haitian money changers recall that two months ago it took 170 Gourdes for 100 Dominican pesos, whereas today it takes 200 Gourdes to get 100 Dominican pesos in the border area, which causing soaring commodity prices along the border in Haiti, which is seriously affecting the businesses of Ouanaminthe and neighboring cities in Haiti, which are sourcing from the neighboring Republic.

The bilateral market on Monday and Friday is also heavily affected by the depreciation of the Haitian currency, which affects the volume of weekly transactions by nearly 50% and the income of traders on both sides of the border.

Roúl Joseph a businessman and spokesman of the trader of Cap-Haïtien stresses "It is not normal that even to buy an anti-flu, the inhabitants of Ouanaminthe must find a way to go to the Dominican Republic, because they can not find this product locally" He criticizes the central government, which ignores the difficulties faced by border communities, a situation that is pushing more and more Haitians to try to migrate illegally in the Dominican Republic, which creates tensions between the two countries...

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