Diaspora Mapping

MAPPING THE HAITIAN DIASPORA FOR ENGAGEMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HAITI

Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA) in partnership with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) plan to map the Haitian diaspora in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  Since 2017, the MHAVE has openly expressed the need for a recensement, a mapping of Haiti’s diaspora, to collect comprehensive information for integration of Haitians living abroad into Haiti’s National Development Plans.

The objective of this mapping exercise is to better characterize the Haitian population abroad, their locations and regions of origin, and other data points such as: financial, social, and human capacity, their needs, challenges, and socioeconomic opportunities, particularly in trade and entrepreneurship.

This mapping will help to shape a more strategic and mutually beneficial relationship between Haiti and its diaspora to boost the government’s capacity to engage the diaspora more effectively to meet sustainable development goals. Additionally, this project will build upon the existing dynamics of diaspora engagement to foster Haiti’s socio- economic development nationally and locally.

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About the Haitian Diaspora

Diaspora remittances

According to the World Bank’s latest briefing note, remittances from the diaspora to Haiti in 2017 reached a record level of US $ 2.4 billion, or ± 29% of Haiti’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and more than 25% of the state budget. Note that for the last twenty years, remittances to Haiti have always been increasing. read more

The Haitian Diaspora in the United Sates

Approximately 915,000 Haitian immigrants and their children  (the first and second generations) live in the United Sates and Haitian born individual account  for 1.5% of the US population. The size of Haiti-born population in the US has grown rapidly in recent decades in about 90,000 in 1980 to well over 915,000 in 2014 read more

Diaspora Engagement

Some estimates show that as much as 70 percent of Haiti’s skilled human resources are in the diaspora, read more

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