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ERIC Number: ED246155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-2
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Haitians Released from Krome: Their Prospects for Adaptation and Integration in South Florida. Dialogue #24.
Stepick, Alex
This report examines the situation of the Haitians in Miami who were formerly incarcerated at the Krome Detention Center or other Federal detention centers in the United States or Puerto Rico. The report is based upon a 1983 survey of 150 "Krome Haitians"; intensive anthropological fieldwork results are also included. The socioeconomic and cultural adjustment conditions affecting this population are described. These include background in Haiti, experiences in the United States, past and present employment status, experience with discrimination, and adaptation to American society. The report notes that neither the Krome Haitians nor earlier arriving Haitian entrants conform to the common negative stereotypes (unskilled, uneducated, and rural). Nevertheless, the Krome Haitians are found to be less skilled, less educated, and more rural than the Haitian entrants who arrived before 1981. The social isolation and employment problems that result from the changing characteristics of Haitian immigrants are discussed. Particularly emphasized is the relatively high proportion of Krome Haitians that has been forced into the "secondary sector" of the economy--with 48 percent of the Krome group earning less than the minimum wage. The report concludes with some specific policy recommendations to State and local agencies and individuals that will assist the Haitians' integration into American society. Also included are 27 statistical tables. (Author/KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: United States Catholic Conference, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Miami)
Note: Also supported by a grant from the Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Miami.