Haitian Immigrants in the United States

Aaron Terrazas
Date of Publication: 
January, 2010
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

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The United States is home to about 535,000 Haitian immigrants — the largest concentration in any single country of Haitians abroad. As the country descended into chaos following the collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship in the late 1980s, Haitians began arriving in the U.S. in large numbers. Many received humanitarian protection. Between 1980 and 2000, the Haitian-born population residing in the United States more than quadrupled from 92,000 to 419,000.  

More than half of all Haitian immigrants resided in just two states, Florida and New York, although they are also concentrated in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

This spotlight focuses on Haitian immigrants in the U.S., examining the population's size, geographic distribution and socioeconomic characteristics using data from the US Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2000 Decennial Census, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) for 2008. 

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Terrazas, Aaron (2010). Haitian Immigrants in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?id=770