Tent cities sprouting in Haiti as migrants return from Dominican Republic

 In the past month, near the Haitian border city of Anse-a-Pitres, makeshift settlements of returnees have sprouted. Two such sites can be seen in July 20 in Parc Cadot, just north of Anse-a-Pitres.

Story highlights

  • Observers are concerned about a few but growing tent cities in Haiti
  • Haitians who lived illegally in the Dominican Republic are returning amid deportation fears
  • Among the settlers are Dominicans who were born to undocumented Haitian parents

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Concerns of a humanitarian emergency in Haiti are mounting as a growing number of Haitians returning to their country from neighboring Dominican Republic are living in rapidly growing tent cities with little resources.

The Haitian government and international organizations have identified at least three tent cities that have sprung up in drought-stricken southern Haiti, near the border. Here, the newly returned -- or newly deported -- Haitians are clearing land and living in makeshift camps with no amenities.
    Two of the sites, located north of the Haitian border town of Anse-a-Pitres, have tripled in population in the past month, according to estimates of aid workers who have visited.
    A third camp has been confirmed farther north along the border in Malpasse.
    With the reliance on donated food and water scarce, local and international aid agencies worry that without swift action, these camps could swell and desperation rise.

    One island, two nations, a long quarrel

    For years, Haiti and the Dominican Republic -- two nations that share one island -- have quarreled over the issue of migration and the strict immigration enforcement efforts spearheade