- 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
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