Brazil - Haiti

Brazil Haiti


Mobility and circulation within and beyond Haiti’s borders are inherent characteristics of Haitian society and its population’s migration patterns.

After the earthquake in January 2010, Brazil became a primary destination for Haitian migrants, fuelled by an economic boom and the need for labour as the host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic games.

With the Brazilian economy experiencing a downturn in the aftermath of the World Cup and Olympics, resulting in a sharp rise in racism, its attractiveness as a destination country has waned for Haitian migrants. Despite this new reality, Brazil remains a focal point for (re)settlement and circulation within the region as an important transit point to other nations deemed more economically advantageous including: Chile, French Guiana, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico.

Our research in this corridor focuses on how inequalities in opportunities, access to resources, and policies and programmes mediate migrant decision-making, and how these affect development and migration pathways. We also examine the impact of migration intermediaries on inequalities associated with migration, and how they influence the contexts in which they operate.