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Uncertainty over Venezuelans’ Migration to the Dominican Republic

LADB Article ID: 80493
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2018-01-11
By: Crosby Girón

Although most immigrants to the Dominican Republic come from neighboring Haiti, a growing number of people from other countries are choosing the Dominican Republic as their new home. Since 2016, the press has been reporting on a growing number of Venezuelans arriving in the Dominican Republic as tourists or in transit to other destinations. Some media reports have described this as a part of “mass exodus” due to continuing financial and political problems in Venezuela. The reports suggest that Venezuelan immigrants are arriving by the hundreds and staying in the Dominican Republic, mostly working in the informal economy as a means of earning some money. But Dominican authorities say that although many Venezuelans enter the country as tourists, in some cases the real purpose of their trip is to use ATMs to make cash withdrawals in dollars. The statistics on Venezuelan immigration to the Dominican Republic vary from one media outlet to another, which has led to ambiguity and confusion, as media reports often quote official sources but present different numbers.

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