Haitian Migration Through the Americas the causes and impactsGeorges Eugene Fouron, PhD, Distinguished SUNY Teaching Professor, Africana Studies Department (AFS) and Professional Education Program (PEP)SUNY, Stony Brook NYMassive Haitian migration is a rather new phenomenon. It began during the US occupation of the country when the occupiers encouraged Haitian peasants and lower-class Haitian denizens to migrate to Cuba and the Dominican Republic as cheap labor to work in US-owned plantations in these peripheral countries. Few Haitians migrated to the US and Europe during that period if we except the few wealthy ones who went to Europe to get an education. However, the majority of them return home after completing their studies. At the end of the occupation, Haitian mass migration subsided significantly, although some Haitians continued to go to the DR to work in the bateys. It was revitalized in the late 1960s when the US, which supported the Duvalier dictatorship, opened its door for the first time in its history to non-European immigrants. Finally, I will analyze the impact of such massive migration has been having upon Haiti and its diaspora.