Haitian immigrants may not find Brazil to be a Paradise

Posted on March 11, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Haiti

vice.com reported that… Many Haitians dream of finding economic prosperity in Brazil, with the majority wanting to settle in São Paulo, a sprawling industrial center that’s been absorbing migrants since the late 19th century. But for most of the newcomers, the journey there is rife with difficulties.

Just like hundreds of thousands of migrants before him, 22-year-old Amos D. left Haiti for Curitiba at the end of last year. “I went through a lot,” Amos told me. His journey, which started in the northern Haitian city of Gonaïves and ended in Paraná, was extremely perilous. It’s a route frequented by Haitian migrants who don’t want to go through the tedious—but beneficial—process of applying for a humanitarian visa to Brazil and, instead, pay around $3,000 to be transported to the south of the country without legal authorization. Read Article

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