The Haitian diaspora in Quebec remains in shock over the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, which took place on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.
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According to some, the hope for a better future in Haiti requires the mass return of many of the people who left the country in order to bring back a certain set of experiences and rebuild the country.
“As soon as there’s security, I’m ready to go,” the Haitian testified in an interview with TVA Novels on Saturday afternoon.
However, this is not a viable solution, according to Frédéric Boasronde, a sociologist of Haitian descent.
“All diaspora, regardless of society, is something that interests them, but it does not come true,” Boisrund explained on Saturday to TVA Nouvelles.
“Yes, there may be people who have some experience, but that is not the answer,” he continued. We still have to respect those who chose to stay and have something to make as a contribution to the country.”
More than two billion dollars sent by expats
The Haitian diaspora forms a large community all over the world. Every year, Haitians abroad send about $2 billion to their loved ones at the Pearl of the Antilles to enable them to eat. If this money helps people in their daily lives, it does not change the infrastructure of the country.
“Sending money to Haiti is something that helps our families. It’s not something that helps the country, it helps organize basic services. It’s something that just helps feed people, it’s like some kind of special social assistance that we provide with our families,” Boisrond said.
However, he denied that the expatriates are required to send money to their relatives in Haiti. “I certainly wouldn’t tell people to stop giving their families a chance to survive, but I’m just saying that when you look at it from the perspective of social analysis, it doesn’t take people out of the way. Misery. On the contrary, it keeps them in misery, because no There is an organized solution.”
It’s kind of a vicious circle, according to Mr. Boisrund. There are no basic services in the country. Even at the food level, people buy foreign products, so at the same time, the money goes back to where it came from. I understand people’s need to feed their families, but that’s not what changes anything in the country.
Remittances to Haiti have increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic and are expected to continue to increase during this political crisis that is shaking the country.