Link of the Day 010708: A Global Trek to Poor Nations, From Poorer Ones [NYTimes]

Poor to Poor migration:  From Haiti to the Dominican Republic
Caption: “Dajabón, a Dominican border town, opens its gated bridge twice a week to allow Haitians to buy goods unavailable in their country.”

From the NYTimes:

The scrap-wood shanties on a muddy hillside are a poor man’s promised land.

They have leaky roofs and dirt floors, with no lights or running water. But hundreds of Haitian migrants have risked their lives to come here and work the surrounding fields, and they are part of a global trend: migrants who move to poor countries from even poorer ones.

Also of note:

Across the developing world, [an estimated 74 million] migrants move to other poor countries … Yet their numbers and hardships are often overlooked.

They typically start poorer than migrants to rich countries, earn less money and are more likely to travel illegally, which raises the odds of abuse. They usually move to countries that offer migrants less legal protection and fewer services than wealthy nations do. Yet their earnings help sustain some of the poorest people on the globe.


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Poor to Poor migration:  From Haiti to the Dominican Republic

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