IOM helps Haitians in the Dominican Republic return home voluntarilyListen /
The IOM mission in the Dominican Republic this week assisted 589 Haitians living in vulnerable conditions in the mountainous region in the country's southwest to voluntarily return to Haiti.
According to the Dominican Office of Statistics, more than 450,000 Haitian nationals live in the Dominican Republic. Many of them live in vulnerable conditions, especially those at risk due to environmental and climate changes. Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many have chosen to return to Haiti.
Working with Casa del Caribe, an experienced NGO partner, IOM has been carrying out registration in the mountains around Barahona and at the Jaragua National Park in Pedernales. IOM also received support from the Dominico-Haitian Human Rights Committee (CODHA) in this latest registration exercise.
This week, in two separate trips, 589 men, women and children were assisted to safely return to their homes in the South East department in Haiti.
The IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Program (AVRR), funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and carried out in coordination with the Dominican Republic's General Directorate of Migration and the Dominican Ministry of Interior and Police, has helped 3,598 people to return to their places of origin in Haiti since it was launched in September 2010.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.