A woman sweeps the ground outside a corrugated zinc shack in Batey Aleman. 'Bateys' are informal settlements that originally housed seasonal sugar plantation workers who were mostly Haitian. Due to their transient nature 'Bateys' were not serviced by the state and people living in them were not given any rights as they were expected to return to Haiti. However, many migrants stayed and had families but as the sugar industry declined the 'Bateys' became impoverished slums whose residents were largely stateless, a situation that was formalised in 2013 when a ruling by the Dominican Constitutional Court that deprived citizenship to anyone whose parents were undocumented migrants at the time of their birth. This has resulted in thousands of stateless pepole unable to work, study or receive any assistance from the state.