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October 1, 2013

I am Dominican

Descendants of Haitian migrants set to lose Dominican citizenship.

Dozens of Haitian born demonstrators participate in a protest to demand their Dominican citizenship to Central Electoral Joint (JCE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 13 May 2013. The sign reads 'I'm Dominican, I have rights'. (EPA/ORLANDO BARRIA)

The Dominican Republic's top court ruled last week that children born after 1929 to Haitian migrants will soon be stripped of citizenship and deported. According to reports, this will impact tens of thousands of Dominican-born children of Haitian descent. The courts ruled that many Haitians who settled in the Dominican Republic should not have been given citizenship as they were merely in transit.