Saturday, May 31, 2014
This Migration Policy Institute Spotlight focuses on Haitian Immigrants to the United States. Immigrants from Haiti represent a small but growing share of the total foreign-born population in the United States, tripling in number between 1990 and 2012. Haitian migration to the United States was very small several decades ago, with the population estimated at approximately 5,000 in 1960. Haitians began arriving in the United States in larger numbers after Haiti descended into chaos following the collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship in the late 1980s. The Haitian immigrant population stood at 606,000 in 2012, up from 200,000 in 1990; Haitians now constitute 1.5 percent of the total U.S.foreign-born population.
The MPI Spotlight includes a wealth of detailed information about the Haitian immigrant population in the United States.