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Laws 2014, 3(1), 163-178; doi:10.3390/laws3010163

Migratory Policy as an Exclusionary Tool: The Case of Haitians in the Dominican Republic

1 International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights, Faculty of Political Science and Law, University of Quebec in Montreal, Case Postale 8888 Centre-ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3P8, Canada 2 Longyearbyen Consulting, 3044 Bloor Street West, Suite 550, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y8, Canada
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Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 27 January 2014 / Accepted: 28 January 2014 / Published: 24 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migration and Human Rights)
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This article examines major changes in the migratory policy of the Dominican Republic over the last decade, and how they possibly relate to the consolidation of racist perceptions of the Other, prevalent since the Haitian and Dominican independence wars in the early 19th century. Generally focusing on the intersection of politics, exclusion, and Otherness, the paper takes a multidisciplinary approach fundamentally focused on the juridical and legislative processes, whenever the rule of law is presented as a legitimizing vehicle through which racism is expressed. Considering the conceptual usefulness of migration as a threat, the article problematizes cultural and biologic understandings of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic, and their legislative reduction to ‘bare life’. It finally examines the convenience of Haitian lives for the Dominican State, conditioned by de facto and de jure processes of exclusion.
Keywords: migration; racism; xenophobia migration; racism; xenophobia
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Mazzaglia, N.L.; Marcelino, P.F. Migratory Policy as an Exclusionary Tool: The Case of Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Laws 2014, 3, 163-178.

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