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Haitian President-Elect Promises ID Cards for Migrants in DR

In 2013, a ruling by a Dominican Court left many Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless or in limbo. Regulations passed in attempts to mitigate the problem were unsuccessful in part because many of the people affected lacked national ID cards. Haiti’s president-elect has promised to provide national ID cards to the migrants in this group  so that they can apply for residency in DR. He has been meeting with the Dominican president and other officials this week.

Haiti leader promises IDs for migrants in Dominican Republic

Associated Press

January 18, 2017

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program.

Jovenel Moise told reporters Wednesday at the Dominican national palace that his administration will expedite delivery of the documents. A previous delay by the Haitian state prevented thousands from seeking authorization to reside in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican government launched the special residency program in 2014. Less than 20,000 people were approved.

An estimated 460,000 Haitian migrants live in the Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Moise won Haiti’s Nov. 20 presidential election and takes office Feb. 7. He has been visiting the Dominican Republic since Monday and meeting with President Danilo Medina and other officials.

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