Dominican Republic: Immigrant Stories

Immigrants from the Dominican Republic in the United States

There are approximately 1.1 million Dominican immigrants living in the United States. While the Dominican population has settled in various places across the country, this analysis will focus on the three metro areas with the largest Dominican populations: New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ (644,000); Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (71,300); and Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (78,000).

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Meet an Immigrant from the Dominican Republic

Dr. Rei Berroa was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and is a Professor and the Chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department at George Mason University.  Professor Berroa has published more than 50 books of poetry, literary criticism, anthologies, and translations. His poetry has been translated into English, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, Turkish, and several other languages.



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Solsirys Antonetty was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She left the Dominican Republic when she was 32 years old, initially without the intention of immigrating to the United States. However, when she arrived in the United States, she found a land of opportunity and, in less than ten years, she has completed her education, has owned and operated businesses in two states, raised a family, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Her experiences as an immigrant have shaped Solsirys’ views on immigrants in the United States.

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