Haitians leaving Dominican Republic "feel desperate"

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Approximately 200,000 Haitian migrants live in bateyes – communities located on or near to sugar cane plantations in the Dominican Republic. Photo: UNHCR/Jason Tanner

Haitians leaving the Dominican Republic are desperate and concerned about the future, according to a UN Police Officer stationed at a border crossing between the two countries.

Jose Diaz has been working for nearly a year in the UN Police Station of Malpasse, located about 50 kilometers from Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

Increasing numbers of people of Haitian origin have been returning to Haiti from the Dominican Republic since the month of June after missing a deadline to regularize their immigration status.

Stephanie Coutrix met with Officer Diaz at the Malpasse border and began by asking him to describe the situation.

Duration: 3'10"

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