Poverty rate:


out of the total population.


  • Sending country: About 1.6 Dominicans or 15% of the population live abroad, mainly in the US (75%), Spain (11%), and Italy (3%). 

  • Destination country: About 600.000 immigrants, representing 6% of the total population live in the Dominican Republic. The main countries of origin are Haiti  (87%), the US (3%), and Spain (1.3%).






* Weekly data update



  • The government declared a state of emergency and curfew that prohibits all transit and movement of people from 5 pm to 6 am. 

  • Border closures. Ports and airports are only open for merchandise trade.

  • The cruises’ arrival has been suspended in all ports and shores. 

  • The Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic in support of the Public Health measures has arranged border controls with Haiti. 

  • At docks, military personnel take the temperature of anyone who enters the country through these routes in order to diagnose and establish subsequent supervision.

  • A telephone line was set to answer COVID-19 related questions. 

  • Public transportation has suspended service. 

  • All events and public gatherings of all kinds have been suspended. 

  • The government announced a considerable increase in temporary subsidies that deliver a Solidarity card to 811,000 low-income families to pay for food, gas, and electricity. 

  • This economic measure does not favor Haitians.   

  • So far, no explicit measures have been taken to support Dominican migrants abroad.

*For more detail go to the digital archive that we created:

In mid-March 2020, nearly every country on the continent declared a health emergency. These countries closed their borders and adopted a series of exceptional measures, arguing that forced immobility as a  solution to contain the virus. Following the shutdown of borders,  more than 30 researchers from the Americas, interested in analyzing the migratory question politically, organized virtually and began to consider the particular situation of millions of migrants, women, men, children and adolescents, from the continent and/or from other latitudes, all of whom are mobile and in transit.

Original Concept: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston

General Coordination:Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston & Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University

Research, Systematization and Development of Contents: Soledad Álvarez Velasco, University of Houston;  Ulla D. Berg, Rutgers University; Lucía Pérez-Martínez, FLACSO-Ecuador; Mónica Salmon, New School for Social Research; Sebastián León,  Rutgers University.

Coordination polyphonic map: Iréri Ceja Cárdenas: Museo Nacional/ Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro

Project Advisor: Nicholas De Genova, Universidad of Houston.


Translation team Spanish - English: 

Soledad Álvarez Velasco, Mónica Salmón, Ulla Berg, Luin Goldring, Tanya Basok, Ingrid Carlson, Gabrielle Cabrera.

Translation team Spanish - Portuguese: 

Iréri Ceja, Gustavo Dias, Gislene Santos, Elisa Colares, Handerson Joseph, Caio Fernandes, María Villarreal.

Website Design and Development:  ACHU! Studio; Francisco Hurtado Caicedo, Social Observatory of Ecuador

Photography: David Gustafsson y Cynthia Briones.

Video: David Gustafsson.

Some of the researchers of this project are members of these CLACSO Working Groups

English translation and proofreading by Gabrielle Cabrera, Rutgers University.

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