Every man for himself

By Luiza Andrade      There’s a common saying in Haiti that reads “Chak kou kou klere pou jew.” Literally, it means that each firefly can only light the path for himself. It’s a saying that represents part of the living dynamics you’ll encounter if you enter the Haitian shelter here, in Brasiléia, and I’ll tell you why. In the past two years, entrepreneurs and company representatives from all over the Country have been coming down to the Haitian shelter to select Haitian workers to fill in job positions that have long been suffering from the Brazilians’ unwillingness to stay …

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Brazil, Haiti and nailpolish

Our masterstudents are in the field! We expect interesting posts from them, from all over the globe. Below, find the first one, talking about the fieldwork-preparations. It is by Luiza Andrade. The focus of her study will be the Haitian immigrants’ settlement in Brazil after the earthquake of 2010. During the fieldwork, she will try to gather information on their aspirations for the future and memories of the past, in an attempt to find out if such investments in migration may influence the way people perceive situations as either “temporary” or “permanent”. Her fieldwork will be conducted in Brasiléia, a …

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