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Dominican Republic

Latin America and the Caribbean

Women

Dominican Republic ranks 112 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Children

Dominican Republic has a Workplace Index score of 4.5, a Marketplace Index score of 4.9 and a Community and Environment Index score of 3.6 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the majority of the population (around 70 %) in the Dominican Republic is of mixed African and European (Spanish) descent. The remainder of the population is either black (around 16 %) or white (14 %). Haitians, who together represent a substantial minority of up to a million people, form a distinct cultural and linguistic group. Although many Dominicans have Haitian ancestors and connections, anti-Haitian xenophobia is rife. However, few officials acknowledge the existence of this prejudice; they regularly and publicly assert that there is no discrimination against Haitians or other persons of dark complexion.

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 1.9 % in the subregion Latin America and the Caribbean.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Dominican Republic ranks 107 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch