Don't force Haitians to return to Haiti:UN

Haitians in the grounds of the Divine Church of the Holy Spirit in Tabatinga, Brazil.

Governments around the world are being urged by UN agencies to allow Haitians stay in their countries rather than forcing them to return home.

Eighteen months after the massive earthquake of January 2010, an estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says an unknown number are living outside the country.

Adrian Edwards is from UNHCR,

"Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return. Given the current situation in Haiti, UNHCR and OHCHR are urging governments to renew, on humanitarian grounds, residence permits and other mechanisms that have allowed Haitians to remain outside their country."

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