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Haiti - Social : 5 years later, more than 21,000 families still live in camps
10/01/2015 08:59:03

Haiti - Social : 5 years later, more than 21,000 families still live in camps
The latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), confirms that 94% of the internally displaced have left camps and other temporary sites, but according estimates 21,218 households or 79,397 individuals still reside in 105 sites.

"Although we are happy to report on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that IOM has registered a 94% decrease in the number of Haitians displaced, and a 93% decrease in the number of sites still housing displaced populations, the international community must not forget the almost 80,000 persons that continue to wait for their chance to rebuild their lives with a proper roof over their heads," said Gregoire Goodstein, IOM Chief of Mission in Haiti.

During the DTM’s latest reporting period (October to December 2014), return programmes offering rental subsidies were responsible for the closure of 18 sites and the relocation of 900 households. No camps were closed due to evictions or by spontaneous returns this period.

Led by the Government of Haiti, and in collaboration with IOM and other partners, return programmes since 2010 resulted in the closure of a total of 475 sites, and helped relocate approximately 75,500 displaced households (259,200 individuals).

The IOM mission in Haiti estimates that if stability in the country is maintained, the hurricane season is not disruptive and if financial resources are made available, it is possible to rehouse the remaining persons living in tents.

Most of the current sites are located within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area with the majority being in the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, and Léogâne.

Of the 105 sites that remain open at the end of the reporting period, 73 are tent sites (70% of open sites); 10 sites have mixed shelters: tents, makeshifts and Transitional Shelters (9%); the remaining 22 sites (21%) have a majority of Transitional Shelters.

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