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IOM Observations on DR-Haiti Border

Below is an excerpt from a report by the IOM in Haiti, on observations at the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Since June 2015, a crisis has been developing on the border as Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants have fled DR to escape discrimination, harassment and the threat of deportation. Click HERE for the full report and graphics. Border Monitoring Sitrep International Organisation for Migration October 23, 2015 Overview This document represents a summary snapshot of monitoring activities conducted by IOM and border monitoring partners at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The monitoring was put in place following the movements observed at the border before and after the 17th June 2015 expiration of the registration component of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE1 in Spanish), established in the Dominican Republic. Monitoring of border movements […]

DR Government Disputes Claims of Deportations, Despite Evidence

Though the Dominican Republic (DR) government claims that there have been no deportations to Haiti since December 2013, people of Haitian descent who fled DR say otherwise.  Many decided to leave after receiving threats, harassment and other intimidation. The International Organization for Migration found that many were deported by entities including the military, immigration officials and even civilians. While DR says that the regularization and naturalization plans it implemented are efforts to fix a broken immigration system, both programs required paperwork that was impossible for poor Dominicans and Haitians to obtain. The Haitian Prime Minister warned that the deportations–if tehy still take place–will also result in a humanitarian crisis, as Haiti doesn’t have the capacity to support the 200,000 or so at risk of deportation. Haitian migrants allege deportation, but DR disputes claims Matt Chandler, Al Jazeera July 24, 2015 ANSE-À-PITRES, Haiti — […]

Why did the IOM remove deportations from its DR press release?

In a recent press release, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) investigated and found that 408 people has been deported from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. Following a statement from U.S. Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas Adams which said that deportations hadn’t yet begun, the IOM replaced the press release with one that mentioned no deportations. Instead, the new release talked about “returns” to Haiti. This article investigates what may have motivated these changes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Deportations from the Dominican Republic: The IOM Changes its Tune Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch, Center for Economic and Policy Research July 22, 2015 On July 14, 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released a statement regarding the situation on the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. The IOM interviewed some 1,133 individuals who had crossed the border […]

Plus de 50.000 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps

Après le tremblement de terre en 2010, des millions de personnes ont été déplacées et ont dû vivre dans des camps. Maintenant, plus de 5 ans plus tard, 64,680 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps! Tandis que  les programmes de subvention au logement ont aidé, plusieurs personnes qui ont reçu les subventions ont fini par revenir dans les camps après un certain temps. Haïti a besoin de solutions durables de logement. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti – Social : 64,680 personnes vivent toujours dans des camps (mars 2015) HaitiLibre 15 avril 2015 La dernière Matrice de Suivi du Déplacement (DTM) d’Haïti de l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), allant de juillet 2010 au mois de mars 2015 indique que 16,230 ménages déplacés soit 64,680 Personnes Déplacées Internes (DPI), demeurent toujours dans 66 sites de déplacés ; 59% de ces […]

Thousands of Haitians Still Lack Housing Post-Quake

While the Haitian government has had a few housing successes post-quake, such as Village Lumane Casimir and emptying many IDP camps in Port-au-Prince, thousands of Haitians still remain in camps. After money from the government’s 16/6 Plan ran out, those without jobs ended up right back in dilapidated shelters. Everyone still questions what happened to the billions in aid money post-quake, and all the jobs that were supposed to be created by new construction around the capital. Despite an outpouring of aid after the devastation of Port-au-Prince, it’s the same old story for many of the city’s poor. Lisa Armstrong, TakePart April 11, 2014 Richard François felt relief and a sliver of hope the day he moved his family into the house a few minutes from the homeless camp in the Champs de Mars, one of Port-au-Prince’s main public squares, where […]

IDP Camps Still a Problem in Haiti, Despite Improvements

A recent International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report shows that despite a 91% drop in families living in IDP camps, many are returning or have no prospect of leaving to begin with. The IOM said the government has made progress in eradicating IDP camps but it needs to be strongly committed in order to empty them all. Haiti’s homeless earthquake victims drop significantly, but worry continues The number of people internally displaced by Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake and living in squalid camps has dropped by 91 percent. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 8, 2014 They once numbered as many as 1.5 million, living underneath tattered tents and in squalid camps dotted across Haiti’s congested capital and nearby cities. But four years after the country’s devastating earthquake, the number of Haitians displaced by the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster and still living in […]

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