Haitians in Manaus: Challenges of the Sociocultural Process of Inclusion

  • Sidney Antonio da Silva


Da Silva examines migration by looking at Haitians in Manaus. The local government initially considered their arrival in 2010 as a transitory event. Their influx has decreased since 2014. However, da Silva notes, the Haitian presence has taken root in Manaus and in other Brazilian cities. This migration process has consequences, such as the transformation of humanitarian visas into permanent visas, family reunification and a sociocultural insertion process. Da Silva argues that cultural elements in a new context play a diacritical role in the construction and affirmation of identity. In this ‘symbolic struggle’ for recognition of their differences and rights, immigrants’ forms of cultural and political organization are essential in the search for broader exchanges and in overcoming different types of discrimination and social exclusion that multicultural policies might impose on them in the name of defending diversity.


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  • Sidney Antonio da Silva
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal do Amazonas – UFAMManausBrazil

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