ERIC Number: ED263281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Haitians in Miami. An Assessment of their Background and Potential. Occasional Papers Series, Dialogues #12.
Stepick, Alex; And Others
A survey of 129 Haitians enrolled in English for Speakers of Other Languages classes in Miami, Florida, revealed that common stereotypes about Miami Haitians are wrong in virtually every respect. In fact, Miami Haitians are not a significant drain on community resources. They did not come to the United States anticipating benefits from the welfare system. They are not uneducated nor are they unskilled. To the contrary, Miami Haitians have a tremendous potential for productively contributing to United States society. They are well educated by Haitian standards and many come with readily employable skills. Their motivations for leaving Haiti are inseparably both political and economic. They possess a sound work ethic and are striving to improve themselves. Economic problems are severe, yet they confront and surmount them with virtually no help from the State welfare system. They rely largely upon opportunities and resources within Miami's own Haitian community. Yet, they do not isolate themselves from the large community around them. They work with, buy from, and live in the same neighborhoods as Cubans, Anglos, and American Blacks. In spite of the many personal difficulties they have encountered since arriving in the United States, they maintain a positive view of themselves and their experiences in United States society. If given sufficient opportunities, they are likely to adapt quickly and succeed economically. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida International Univ., Miami. Latin American and Caribbean Center.
Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami)