Haitians Bring Change to Florida Community

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(The News-Press) — The black population has significantly increased in Collier and Lee counties the past 10 years, helped by an influx of Haitians who have fled their country and are taking advantage of the lower cost of living in communities such as Immokalee and Golden Gate Estates.  From 2000 to 2010, Collier County’s black population grew almost 85 percent, according to census data made available this month. Lee County’s black population increased by almost 76 percent in the past 10 years.  Those numbers contrast a trend in northern metropolitan areas, where the black population is declining. In Chicago, Detroit and New York, the black population declined 16.7 percent, 24 percent and 2 percent, respectively, from 2000 to 2010.  “Most blacks in Collier County are Haitian rather than African-American,” said Louis Julner Telcy, a local pastor of Haitian heritage who moved to the area in 2005.

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