BELLADERE, Centre, HT (sentinel.ht) – For 2016, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, were recorded returning to the country by the the Support Group for Refugees and Repatriated Persons (GARR).
From January to August 2016, the Dominican authorities have deported 21,384 persons, presumably Haitian nationals, from their territory.
During the same period 26,704 have come to Haiti from the Dominican Republic “voluntarily”, to escape the violence, deportation and other threats.
According to GARR, 75% of the deportees, or 15,794, were received by the authorities of Haitian migration at official border points in Belladère/Elias Piña, Ouanaminthe/Dajabon and Malpasse/Jimani. Of these, 905 unaccompanied minors were counted.
The Dominican authorities have also deported to unofficial border points over 5000 Haitian nationals.
These migrants, aged between 18 and 49 years, living mostly illegally in Dominican Republic. Some of them lived for over 5 years in the neighboring territory. They said they had been arrested in the street, in the workplace or at home. They criticized the conduct of Dominican migration authorities that they were not given time to recover their property, said the GARR.
Since the end of the National Regularization Plan, up until September 1, 2016, 136,801 people have crossed the border who were registered, not to mention thousands of others who have not been identified. The number of registered persons included 83,956 spontaneous and 52,845 deported returnees.
The organization of human rights reminds the Haitian authorities of their obligation to work for the rights of Haitian migrants in the repatriation and return.