Haitian Construction Workers in the Dominican Republic: An Exploratory Study on Indicators of Forced Labor
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Petrozziello, Allison J.
[Excerpt] Construction work is the second most important labor sector for Haitian migrant men in the Dominican Republic, following agriculture. Though it is relatively better paid than agricultural work, and therefore a more desirable option for many young Haitian men, construction work is also known for having dangerous and exploitative conditions, including pay far below minimum wage, longer working hours, and no days off. Based on exploratory qualitative data on the living and working conditions of Haitian construction workers in the Dominican Republic, this study sought to determine whether indicators of forced labor are present in the sector. The information presented herein is expected to promote awareness about the issues Haitian workers face in the construction industry in the Dominican Republic and to make information available to agencies working in this area.
construction work; Dominican Republic; migrant workers; Haiti; working conditions; pay