Irregular migrants from Dominican Republic receiving support in Haiti

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Family at the Fond Bayard school in Fond Parisien near the Malpasse border after returning from the Dominican Republic. Photo: OM/Ilaria Lanzoni 2015

Irregular migrants returning to Haiti from the Dominican Republic are receiving support from UN agencies and partner organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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

The two nations share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

Last week, Dominican authorities reported that over 66,000 Haitian migrants had spontaneously returned using free transportation provided by the authorities.

Meanwhile, IOM said on Tuesday that its ongoing monitoring at the border shows that close to19 per cent of those interviewed say they had been forcibly returned by the authorities.

Jérôme Longué spoke with the Head of IOM in Haiti, Grégoire Goodstein, and began by asking him for an update on the situation.

Duration: 2'52"

 

 

 

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