Miami’s Future

March 24, 2016 6:45 am
by David Jakeman

Miami immigration attorneys are used to looking out for the vulnerable. The city is a gathering point for immigrants coming from the Caribbean and Latin America, and for many, it’s the starting point for trying to a make a new life in the United States. But some scientists are worried that climate change might bring about massive changes to Miami, especially traditional immigrant communities.

Little Haiti to be Priced Out

The main issue that has observers concerned about Miami is the fact that with rising sea levels, Miami Beach and other high-end areas of Miami will be covered in water. These areas have seen loads of investments over the past few years, and those investments are unlikely to dry up any time soon, even if these areas are projected to be covered in water in the coming decades.

Some see Little Haiti, currently an area with a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged Miami residents, as being a place for more housing growth. With how the water is rising, it might become the new beach front. It’s not just in the scientific predictions: more investors as well are looking further inland to make sure their investments do not go under water, both literally and figuratively.

Residents Already Being Priced Out

Advocates for immigrant communities, like Haitian Women of Miami, say there is already increasing investment that is pricing people out. Developers are increasingly buying property in Little Haiti, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. One trailer park, called Little Farm, was told to vacate the land. The land was bought up by a Chinese shell company.

The residents, a number of them Haitian immigrants, paid $500 a month to live there. Finding such cheap housing as a replacement in Miami is not going to be easy. The investors offered around $2,000 to help them relocate, but anyone who knows Miami know that amount of money won’t go very far.

The evictions display the difficult circumstances many immigrants to Miami undergo. Miami immigration attorneys need to be informed not just of the immigration issues facing their clients, but of broader societal, economic, and ecological factors influencing their living conditions. Like most aspects of societal and ecological change, it appears that the big changes in Miami could create real problems for the poorest residents. The richer residents have an easier time floating to the top of the rising tide.

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