PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – An important meeting was held at the National Palace with the US Embassy and concerned organizations following the threat of mass deportations of undocumented Haitians living in other countries, particularly, the United States, which announced a resumption of deportations to Haiti the week prior.
The meeting was presided by His Excellency, President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert, and the main actors of the State and international bodies on the repatriation of Haitian migrants. It comes less than a week after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would resume deportations of Haitians, including those who have not committed a crime.
Several bodies were involved in the meeting. The Embassy of the United States in Port-au-Prince, the National Migration Office (NMO) of the National Identification Office (ONI), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Ministry of Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST), the National Commission for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons (CNLTP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNCHR).
During the meeting, a special commission to receive and monitor returnees presented its budget to the President of the Republic. The general director of MAST, Mr. Jonas Cofy served as president of the newly created structure. It was also decided that an awareness campaign would be conducted to discourage people from clandestine ventures that put lives at risk.
The actors at the meeting said they were committed, moreover, to take all steps to facilitate the reintegration of returnees into society, to identify and work to dismantle smuggling networks.
In addition, the National Palace announced that the president was prepared to mobilize all national institutions concerned as well as financial and material resources needed to receive compatriots with “respect and dignity”.