Authors: Marianella Belliard and Bridget Wooding

For the majority of Dominican deportees, reinsertion into society is not an easy task.

Since migration is a form of rite-of-passage for social mobility, and since deportation is directly associated with criminal behavior (however rightly or wrongly), the rejection they feel is multifold. As immigrants pursuing a better life, they are seen as a disappointment for failing to “make” it; and, as deportees, they are considered as shameful for their criminal behavior. After taking stock of the current situation, this Migration Policy Brief recommends areas for further trans-national research in order to inform relevant public policies, enabling these latter to better engage with the issues from a rights-based perspective as well as promoting social cohesion.


Migration Policy Brief, 2011. Available in Spanish and English