Many migrants from Haiti who embarked on a difficult and long journey to a better life for the United States and very few achieved it but several stayed in another country full of opportunities that is: Mexico.
In particular, the city of Tijuana is now much more intercultural. The migratory flow of the Haitian population, the impossibility of crossing to the United States. and the need to work to eat, have made some thousands of Haitians and Haitians have opted to build their American dream on the Mexican side of the border.
Since mid-August 2016, rivers of people from Haiti began to arrive, first through Tapachula, Chiapas, where they asked the Mexican immigration authorities for permission to cross the country and reach the US border.
Thus, taking into account the counts of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service. and some migrant shelters, such as Padre Chava’s Breakfast Room, located in Tijuana, an average of 20,000 Haitian migrants arrived in Mexico since August 2016, of which 17,784 managed to enter the United States. with an appointment issued by the immigration authorities, although, later, a large majority were deported.
According to the Director of Migration Affairs of the General Secretariat of Government of the Mexican state of Baja California, there are currently 2,890 Haitians with a humanitarian permit to reside in Mexico and, with this, be able to work legally, as well as settle down with their families.
The border cities have changed their social aspect, particularly Tijuana, a city with the Best Mexico dentist and a large influx of migrants from all corners of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti, and to a lesser extent from Asian and African countries.
Now it is common to walk through the streets and meet people of all types, especially Haitian women and men who have opened some restaurants, hairdressers and telephone call businesses. The mosaic of colors has been enriched in Tijuana and those who are inhabitants of this city already begin to know some words of the creolé or some festivals of that island.