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Nearly 5,000 Haitians expelled from Dominican Republic in June
Published on July 6, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Tuesday, the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) of the Dominican Republic revealed that last June 4,943 migrants had been deported to their country of origin. Most of the returnees were of Haitian origin even though the DGM indicated that these deportations included a very small number of other foreigners from countries such as China, India, Russia, United States, Venezuela and the Netherlands.

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Regarding migratory movements through the land border, DGM reported 16,778 admissions and 14,246 exits in June, mainly at the border crossing point of Jimani where the largest flow of foreigners takes place, HaitiLibre reported.

Moreover, the DGM indicated that the Dominican authorities had refused the entry in June to 3,616 foreigners without proper documents, trying to enter the Dominican Republic by Jimani

The DGM reiterated that it will remain firm in its commitment to control the entry and exit of [Haitian] foreigners in the Dominican Republic, “considering that the migration movement must be harmonized with the needs of national development."

Since the expiry of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) in June 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that more than 202,252 Haitian migrants returned voluntarily or were expelled to Haiti to which are added the expellees of June 2017.

However, it should be noted that this number is partial and likely to be lower than the actual figures because they record only the persons registered by the agents who monitor the activity at 50 border crossing points compared to 141 unofficial crossing points.
 
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