Dominican Republic-Flow Monitoring Registration about cross border inhabitants #1, 20 April-7 May 2021




Santo Miguel Roman
Period Covered
Apr 20 2021
May 07 2021
  • Flow Monitoring

The cross-border movement of Haitian nationals is recurrent, and this movement is represented by border inhabitants in Haitian towns. Part of these movements are irregular even though official entry points are used. This is so because there are territorial roots and the type of movement is temporary, as well as the fact that in the General Migration Law 285-04 there is a migratory category of border inhabitant, although this has not yet been implemented. 

However, given this inconsistency, Haitians migrating under this method represent an irregular migrant population in the Dominican territory, putting them in a condition of vulnerability and a propensity to non-voluntary returns.

Historically, the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has been characterized by a cross-border commercial dynamic, due to the exchange of different goods and the supply of markets with a greater flow towards Haiti. At the border level, border cities such as Dajabón, Jimaní and Elías Piña stand out. The flows represented in this study correspond to those in days when there is no exchange of goods, that is, when there is no active commercial dynamics.