Haiti: The Situation

For decades, scores of Haitian villagers have been migrating from the countryside to the capital city, Port-au-Prince, in search of opportunities and in order to escape the isolation, absence of infrastructure, and lack of access to basic necessities such as medical care and education. Over the years, this internal migration has put enormous pressure on the capital city, which saw its population expand from 690,168 in 1990 to about 846,247 in 2009. The need for shelter in the Haitian capital gave rise to shanty towns, squatting, and poorly built structures, …Read More