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Haiti - Dominican Republic : Towards a failure of PNRE ?
02/05/2015 13:50:42

Haiti - Dominican Republic : Towards a failure of PNRE ?
The Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR) organized in Santo Domingo from 19 to 23 April 2015 a monitoring mission of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) in situation of irregular migration and of Documentation Identification Program of Haitian Immigrants (PIDIH). This mission was intended to observe particularly, in a human rights perspective, the reality of Haitian migrants which risks to be repatriated after the completion of PNRE set at 15 June 2015.

Within the framework of PIDIH, the mission noted with satisfaction the opening by the Haitian Government, of two new offices, one in Barahona and the other in Santiago, however, deploring a very late reaction to a little over a months of the end of PNRE.

For the Dominican authorities, it is clear that if the PNRE is a failure, the fault will return to the Haitian State which since June 2, 2014, date of the opening of registration, did not made sufficient efforts to provide their citizens with identity document.

According to data collected by the mission, the PIDIH allowed to deliver to Haitian migrants, 2,000 passports, 12,000 National Identity Cards, 8.748 extracts archives and 20,000 birth certificates that were handed to Haitian migrants.

According to the GAAR, until April 22, 2015, 183,000 foreigners registered on the PNRE, about 400 regularization documents (residence cards) were given to the persons concerned from different nationalities and Haitians are few to benefit from it, estimates Philippe Jean-Thomas, the President of the Board of Directors of GARR.

By analyzing this data, the mission concluded that only 2,000 Haitian migrants are entitled to respond to the first point of PNRE, since the passport is mandatory in the package of documents to provide [The large number of open and pending file could be explained by the fact they are incomplete and pending required documents...]

For the GAAR, the situation is clear, the profile of the majority of Haitian migrants does not match the foreign covered by the PNRE of the Dominican government, facing the required documents very difficult or impossible to obtain for a Haitian living illegally in the Dominican Republic.

Faced with this situation the mission suggets to the Haitian and Dominican governments, several recommendations, including to the Haitian Government, to produce urgently a formal application to the Dominican authorities for the extension of the due date of PNRE and the Dominican Government, to review procedures and documents required under the PNRE by removing all the hassle that constitute blockages to the registration of applicants. To the governmentthe GAAR demand to work to maintain an ongoing dialogue, open and sincere to find just and realistic solutions to the problems that may affect the interests of both countries, including those related to the migration dynamics.

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