Why are so many Haitians at the US-Mexico border?

Why are so many Haitians at the US-Mexico border?

Thousands of migrants are at the Texas-Mexico border. Here's what we know about why they are coming.


Thousands of predominantly Haitian migrants are still camped at the US border, where officials have struggled to provide them with food and sanitation.

Last weekend, approximately 13,000 would-be migrants gathered under a bridge connecting Del Rio in Texas with Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

Many of the migrants are fleeing natural disasters, poverty and political turmoil, and making a treacherous journey through Latin America to reach the border.

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Who are the migrants?

While citizens of several countries are represented in the migrant camp in Del Rio - including Dominicans, Venezuelans and Cubans - the vast majority are from Haiti.

Of the Haitians, a significant number were those who fled after a devastating earthquake struck the country in 2010, and took up residence in Brazil and other South American countries.

Haiti has also suffered from years of political instability, culminating in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July. The following month, the country suffered another deadly earthquake.

Katiana Anglade, the Haitian-born development and operations director of the Washington-based Lambi Fund of Haiti, says the combination of natural disasters and political unrest over the years has left many Haitians "with nothing to hold on to".