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Haiti - Politics : Haitian migrant file, end of mission in Canada
12/08/2017 09:07:49

Haiti - Politics : Haitian migrant file, end of mission in Canada
Thursday, returning from Montreal Stéphanie Auguste, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad and Antonio Rodrigue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs at a press conference at the Primature intended to explain their stay in Canada from 8 to 11 August concerning the massive and illegal arrivals in Quebec http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21774-haiti-flash-the-canadian-army-builds-a-border-camp-for-haitian-migrants.html of our compatriots under TPS status fleeing the United States for fear of deportation http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21037-haiti-flash-extension-of-tps-procedures-to-follow.html

Chancellor Rodrigue reported on his meetings and discussions with Canadian authorities and Haitian Diaspora Associations in Canada on the future of these migrants.

For her part, Minister Auguste explained the opportunity of this trip and the response of the Haitian Government in the event of a deportation of these migrants.

She explained that this mission responded to the interest given by the Moïse-Lafontant administration to the situation in which our compatriots are found. With regard to the possibility of repatriation, Minister Auguste said that the Government would welcome his daughters and sons of Haiti, always welcome to the country while stressing that the current conditions do not yet provide an enabling environment to such a possibility.

Meanwhile in Florida, leaders of the Haitian community are urging their compatriots not to enter Canada illegally, from where they risk being expelled. Radio owner and broadcaster Alex Saint-Surin, who recently invited two immigration lawyers to discuss the issue, going to Canada is not worth it "There is a good chance that they will be deported to Haiti [Note HL - at least 50% of the applications are rejected by the Canadian Government] where everything would have to be started again for them [...] People call to say that it's easy to cross the border, but I tell them that once there it's not so easy [...]"

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