The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean after Cuba. It occupies about two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola and shares the region with its neighbor Haiti. It is impossible to describe the feelings vacationers experience on this paradisiacal island more insightfully than it is attributed to an unknown South American poet. A stay in the Dominican Republic, he says, is like bathing in a watercolor. Compared to Haiti, the inhabitants of the neighboring republic enjoy a relatively high standard of living. But this has led to an intense wave of illegal immigration. Since the arrivals from Haiti are usually cheap labor, the country's authorities tolerate these asylum seekers. Meanwhile, the number of ex-Haitians is said to be more than half a million. All of them have no rights whatsoever and are simply tolerated.