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Brasilia (EFE).- Brazil and five other countries will conduct campaigns to warn of the risks of undocumented Haitians smuggled by "coyotes" into the Amazon, Brasilia announced Thursday.

Representatives from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia met today in the Brazilian capital to assess the situation, after a jump in the influx of Haitians in recent months, many of whom survive precariously in the Amazon.

Agencia Brasil reports that the campaign seeking to promote the "benefits" of legal immigration and remind the limits and conditions to access jobs and to the work visas Brazil issues to Haitian citizens.

The five countries that Haitians use to illegally reach Brazil agreed to exchange information to dismantle the international trafficking networks formed by "coyotes."

Last month the Brazilian government deployed hundreds of agents to the Amazon state of Acre, which borders Peru and Bolivia, where an avalanche of Haitian immigrants have been arriving recently.

In the first few days the interagency team managed to stabilize and provide "urgent" assistance to 1,193 Haitian immigrants found in precarious conditions in Acre.

Brazil has recently had to deal with various waves of illegal immigrants, starting with Bolivians, most of them forced to work in slave-like conditions, and then issued a general amnesty that most benefited Chinese and Paraguayans.

But the efforts have failed to stem the massive flow of undocumented foreign workers, some of them exploited by textile companies, construction and factories.

The announcement comes just hours after the Federal Police "Operation Samambaia" freed 80 foreigners mostly from Bangladesh working in conditions of slavery in Brasilia.

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26 comment(s)
Written by: CarlosFranco, 16 May 2013 11:11 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

DR should do no such thing. Only once other nations begin to see what we Dominicans have been putting up with for the last 200 years, will the world understand our plight!

Written by: RobertoJose, 16 May 2013 11:55 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
Das Riiiiiight!!!

Plus, leonel saw this happening to the republic and he turned a blind eye to it, then he built a 30 million dollar college for the hatians and in return they trew rocks at him..Let's give south america twelve years before we intervene, so that they really could feel what we have been enduring.

But, wait!!!!! Brazil is 20x more advanced than the Dominicans, maybe the politicians can learn a thing or two about being a patriot to our country...
Written by: dolo1, 16 May 2013 12:27 PM
From: United States
You people dont think clearly.

How in the world does a Haitian get to Brazil ???? to DR easy - just walk. But to Brazil???

1.Boat or Plane

Who owns and funds the travel ??? certainly not the Haitians .....

1. The Fortune 500 of Brazil - the Large Corporations who need/want cheaper labor than the rapidly growing middle class in Brazil is willing to provide.

So it appears that both in the DR and Brazil, the culprits are the same. The large business interests who want the cheapest labor they can get their hands on and can use the new immigrants as a wedge
with which to distract the locals - divide and conquer tactics.

The Haitians are essentially blameless: just people looking for opportunity and work, the same way Dominicans illegally go to Puerto Rico or the US or Europe.
Written by: jambdebois, 16 May 2013 12:29 PM
From: United States
Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia met today in the Brazilian capital to assess the situation, after a jump in the influx of Haitians in recent months, many of whom survive precariously in the Amazon.

The liberators are finnaly collecting their 200+ years over due debts!!!!! Haiti we need you to help us stablished our independences and once we are sovereign nations, we will kick you in your arse without a shred of reconnainsance!!!!
There is a man above whom will hold all of us accountable for our egregious sins!!!!!!! DR, please do not fart too strong on the issue. Allocated a few Haitianos to each pais and after two decades Haitianos will no longer exist. When you sale the golds on the other side of the isle; don't forget my cut!!!!
Written by: brasilenosisback, 16 May 2013 12:37 PM
From: United States
Written by: CarlosFranco, 16 May 2013 11:11 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

DR should do no such thing. Only once other nations begin to see what we Dominicans have been putting up with for the last 200 years, will the world understand our plight!


I fail to see the reasoning in your comments. Haitians in the D.R. are there as a result of Dominican demands for their cheap labor. No one has invited these haitians to Brasil. The "plight" that you complain about is of Dominican creation. All these haitians should be shipped back to the D.R.
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 16 May 2013 12:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, NEVER FORGOTTEN, NOR FORSAKEN!
Ahhh, the great nation of Haiti exporting poverty to everywhere they can....

208 flipping years, and still living worse than the caveman...
Written by: dolo1, 16 May 2013 1:56 PM
From: United States
Haiti exporting poverty or Brazil and DR importing cheap labor ???
Written by: Arcangel96, 16 May 2013 2:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic
dolo1,

"Who owns and funds the travel ??? certainly not the Haitians ....." good question.

I respectably disagree. I think there is something different at play here. See, those looking to work in Brazil must first travel to Panama, then Peru and then Bolivia, where they pay a "coyote" (smugglers) to help them make their way to the Brazilian state of Acre. Where they stay in refuge camps waiting for a refuge visa, before continuing to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and other major cities. The kicker is that the Brazilian government only grants 1,200 work visas per year to families from Haiti. These visas are for 5yrs.

So, the numbers are very low and the risks are to big for Brazilian businesses to invest in this type of scheme in order to get cheap labor. If anything, I think there may be a very profitable "loan shark" business being develop in Haiti. However, I'm just speculating.
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 16 May 2013 2:57 PM
From: United States
Brasileiros these Haitians look Brazilian to me. Afterall the vast majority of Brazilians are black, to some degree. Teach them Portuguese and the locals Creole to better assimilate them and in 20 to 30 years no one will tell the difference. This is necessary since Brazil has now become a choice location for illegal Haitians. Once you reach 1million its going to have to treat them like family or else you'll be labeled black racists (as brazil already is). Don't believe me, then ask DR bananas and Jamaica for proof.
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 16 May 2013 2:58 PM
From: United States
*Bahamas
Written by: chilliwestaziz, 16 May 2013 4:23 PM
From: Jamaica
Why are Dominicans a part of this problem solving panel? You put people in the forefront who have some sort of track record of meeting your agenda. The Dominicans only have a track record of immigration corruption and that is why the DR is home to 500,000+ illegal Haitians.

Perhaps, if Brazilian criminals wanted help to find out how to smuggle Haitians in, undetected, the DR would be the go-to-guys but not to prevent Haitians from getting in....Lunacy!

I still love my Dominican brothers and sisters (sisters more)!
Written by: dannyOO, 16 May 2013 5:52 PM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
Jamaicans and Haitians have really turned their countries around.
We have no corruption and we don't migrate somewhere else.
our economies are the biggest on earth and our education system is number 1 in the world.

Europe and the US can't "F" with us.
Then again,who dares to challenge the two most powerful nations on the planet...?

That's what I thought!
Written by: dannyOO, 16 May 2013 5:55 PM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
Written by: jambdebois, 16 May 2013 12:29 PM
From: United States

The liberators are finnaly collecting their 200+ years over due debts!!!!! Haiti we need you to help us stablished our independences and once we are sovereign nations, we will kick you in your arse without a shred of reconnainsance!!!!

We need to collect in order to pay France for our "freedom".
Written by: Trujillo, 16 May 2013 6:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Around 800,000 haitians in the DR including the ones born in the the DR, and that's just the ones that were counted. We all know the actual number is higher.
Written by: dolo1, 16 May 2013 6:27 PM
From: United States
The migrant labor problem is big business. - especially for agribusiness. And cheap labor a must.

the same way agribusiness uses the Mexicans in the US, the Bazilian counterparts are using the Haitians
Written by: telemeco, 16 May 2013 6:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Monte Plata
the Haitian tree cutter reach brazil, goodbye rain-forest
Written by: Micaela, 16 May 2013 7:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Written by: dannyOO, 16 May 2013 5:55 PM
From: United States, United States, syosset, key west, santo domingo AND NOW THE GLOBE TROTTER
Written by: jambdebois, 16 May 2013 12:29 PM
From: United States

The liberators are finnaly collecting their 200+ years over due debts!!!!! Haiti we need you to help us stablished our independences and once we are sovereign nations, we will kick you in your arse without a shred of reconnainsance!!!!

We need to collect in order to pay France for our "freedom".

No that money Danny00. You can pay using the jewels of the crown of his Majesty Jean-Jacques Dessalines or maybe the royal treasure of Faustin I.
Written by: brasilenosisback, 16 May 2013 8:00 PM
From: United States
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 16 May 2013 2:57 PM
Brasileiros these Haitians look Brazilian to me. Afterall the vast majority of Brazilians are black, to some degree. Teach them Portuguese and the locals Creole to better assimilate them and in 20 to 30 years no one will tell the difference. This is necessary since Brazil has now become a choice location for illegal Haitians. Once you reach 1million its going to have to treat them like family or else you'll be labeled black racists (as brazil already is). Don't believe me, then ask DR bananas and Jamaica for proof.

Thats true of Dominicans as well. These Haitians look Dominican to me, you can teach them spanish and in a shorter period, I say 5 yrs and you would not know the difference. The population would never reach 1 million because we in Brasil rely on foreigners like these haitians for their body parts to be sold on the black market. So keep em coming, they are making a lot of people rich. You can send your poor dominicans with the
Written by: Perception, 16 May 2013 8:38 PM
From: United States
! As stated by DOLO1.

Workforce should be included at Wall Street as a "Commodity ".

What is with the cheating.????

Be carefull now!. Is this some sort of greeting I'm hearing lately.?

"Cowards die many times before their death, only the valiant get to taste death once ".

Shakespeare.

Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 17 May 2013 12:41 AM
From: United States
Lmfao brasileiros I'm just sarcastically repeated one of ur ignorant tangents about the assimilation of Haitians in the DR simply cause there black and verbadum you said. it would take 30 years to messagenate the populations to make them indestinguishable. Now its only 5???? Lol I guess brazillians are as ignorant and sensitive about race as all other Latinos. Brazil is THE BLACKEST nation in terms of numbers of Africans living in the Americas. Dominicans are mostly black too but Brazil has no historical or political conflicts with Haiti so with no stigma from the population mesagination comes faster. If Brazil doesn't offer them and there BRAZILIAN CHILDREN. Citizenship, collecting bodyparts in the black market might become their only source of income. Doubt that they'll collect the parts of there comrade if u catch my drift...
Written by: MIAMILIVE1, 17 May 2013 12:47 AM
From: United States
And Brazil's drowning in poverty due to its corruption so poor people jokes shouldn't be said when your probably typing from a favela. Or as Haitians might soon call it merchandise neighbor
hood. Jajaja
Written by: dannyOO, 17 May 2013 7:20 AM
From: United States, blue mall santo domingo
The people in the picture look Brazilian to me.
Written by: Atabey, 17 May 2013 8:01 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Have said it many times before: The Haitian Problem needs an international Solution. The sensible thing to do is create a legal basis for their dispersal throughout many countries; thus minimizing the overall impact on any one or small group of nations. The larger nations need to grant more Family Visas with the US, Canada, EU, Brazil, Mexico, taking the lead. These large nations can grant an extra 100, 000 family visas per year amongst themselves. The medium size nations like Colombia, Venezuela, and others could grant say 5000 yearly Family Visas and finally the smaller nations like Costa Rica, Panama could grant say 1000 Family Visas per year.

Within 1 decade of such an international outreach, The Haitian Problem would be no more.

If some African countries join in, the Haitian Problem would be Gone even sooner.





Written by: cibaeño75, 17 May 2013 9:27 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn
"Dominican Republic to help Brazil stem avalanche of Haitians "

DR can't even stem its own avalanche of Haitians...and yet someone out there feels that she is in a position to help others do so. Yes, by becoming the main receptical in the first place. Otherwise the title of this news item is simply a joke. It's like asking financial advise from someone who has never balanced a check book.
Written by: jambdebois, 17 May 2013 12:43 PM
From: United States
Por fin!!!! Finally, the Brazilian ladies will be happy and smilling!!!!! We all know the brazilian boys like to make their buddies smile and now the ladies' turn to have a smile!!!
Written by: generoso, 18 May 2013 5:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Another DR government "committee" of useless bureaucrats and pencil pushers, taking advantage of a free trip to talk mierda.
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