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Refugee Rights in the Caribbean

Sharon E. Clarke

in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034614
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034614.003.0007
Refugee Rights in the Caribbean

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This chapter focuses on how refugee policies are drafted toward Haitian refugees and how Haitian identities are produced in response to these policies. Many studies have brought forward the fact that the Jamaican government has appeared to be favorable toward Haitian refugees but their policies have left much to be desired. A framework has resulted from research which has revealed that refugee policies have been dominated by two contradictory forces. One refers to international legal instruments meant for protecting refugees and the other refers to legal instruments aimed at getting rid of them. Haitians were referred to as economic migrants by the Jamaican government. Two faces of Jamaican's administration policies have been illustrated in this chapter. The policies at one time allowed some rights to Haitian migrants and at the same time portrayed them as financial burdens.

Keywords: refugee policies; Haitian refugees; Haitian identities; Jamaican government; international legal instruments; economic migrants; administration policies; financial burdens

Chapter.  8786 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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