The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

September 5, 2014  
-A live report from the DR: Part 1 of a report on living the expat life in the Dominican Republic. Many have had questions about what it’s like for gringos and expats living on this large, beautiful but troubled, very hot, white-sand island. Oddly enough, the whole place seems to be a distorted reflection of what is happening in the USA- in regards the illegal immigration/boarder disaster. 

-The DR is being flooded with cheap, illegal labor from Haiti. They are coming in by the millions. As a result, desperate, uneducated Haitians will work the menial crap jobs for 100 bucks a month, while the official legal minimum wage is around $300 a month. Both salaries are too low to allow people to live decently and is why most Dominicans live in Oakie like, depression style poverty. As for the Hatians.. it's really sad to see how they have to struggle to survive. 

-Some estimates state that from 20% to as high as 30% of the DR workforce is composed of illegal Haitians (sound familiar?) 
-Did you know that according to the average native Dominican (when discussing race, culture and skin color), the Haitians are considered to be blacks, and the Dominicans consider themselves to be Latins. So note there exists an extreme racial and cultural prejudice between the Dominicans and the Haitians that seems awfully crazy to us expats.
-The totally out-of-control run for the border, Part 2: Some more “boots on the ground” little known facts and unsaid truths coming from those-in-the-know on the Latin American “supply” side of the equation. Do you want to know what some expats and USA embassy types stationed here in Latin America are saying in private about the illegal alien flow through the US border? You'll get a kick out of this... 

 -Please follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private phone, Skype or Mumble consult with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
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