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Civic Participation of Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic: An Urban-Rural Comparison

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Karie Jo Peralta ,

University of Toledo, US
About Karie
Dr. Karie Peralta's interests are in community research, third sector organizations, and the Dominican Republic.
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Shahna Arps

The University of Toledo, US
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Abstract

Using data on 91 respondents from a 2017 household survey, this study

examines the civic participation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican

Republic. We analysed self-reported attendance at voluntary association

meetings (labour, community improvement, sports/recreation, religious, and

parent-teacher). The purpose was to identify the extent to which respondents

engaged in civic life and to determine whether there were significant urbanrural/

peri-urban differences in attendance, in order to shed light on if the location

of residence may or may not shape participant involvement. The results

revealed that participation was highest in parent-teacher meetings (78%) and

lowest in labour meetings (18%). Across all five meeting types, there was a

higher percentage of attendance by rural/peri-urban than urban participants.

The differences between urban and rural/peri-urban participant attendance

were significant for all of the association meeting types, except for parentteacher

meetings. This research is important for appreciating the previously

under-examined issue of civic engagement of Haitian immigrants in the

Dominican Republic with special attention given to geographic variation.

How to Cite: Peralta, K.J. and Arps, S., 2020. Civic Participation of Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic: An Urban-Rural Comparison. Journal of Social Inclusion, 11(2).
Published on 10 Nov 2020.
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