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Haiti - FLASH : After the passage of Dorian, the Haitians without paper in the Bahamas risk the expulsion
02/10/2019 11:55:32

Haiti - FLASH : After the passage of Dorian, the Haitians without paper in the Bahamas risk the expulsion
On Monday, Elsworth Johnson, Bahamas Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson, warned that foreigners in irregular or undocumented migration situations were at risk of being deported to their home country, noting that shelters used after the passage of Hurricane Dorian can not be used to circumvent the law emphasizing "The Government of the Bahamas respects the laws. We are governed by the law and an immigration law that is fully in force," indicating habing insructed the Director and officials of the Immigration Department "to protect the borders of the Bahamas and enforce the laws of immigration."

Remember that among the areas of the archipelago most affected by Dorian, there is the 85% destroyed island of Abaco, where lived a large Haitian community in six slums of Abaco, including Sand Banks, Farm Road, L and H at Treasure Cay, The Mudd, Pigeon Peas and Elbow Cay published by "Abaco Shantytown" in December 2018, indicated that 3,041 nationals of Haitian origin resided in these sites. "The Mudd" was the most populated slum with 51.4% of the population, followed by Pigeon Peas 19%. These two shantytowns in Marsh Harbor have been completely shaved from the map by Hurricane Dorian Category 5

Elsworth Johnson, recalled that following the passage of Dorian the Government had indefinitely suspended the expulsion of migrants from affected areas stressing "Given that we are now facing a humanitarian crisis, the Government has decided to suspend this measure in the affected areas" adding without hesitation "We can not take tax money from Bahamian citizens and sympathize with those who have violated our immigration laws" stressing that the priority should be to ensure the well-being to be of the archipelago population and legal migrants.

Reacting to the risk of Bahamian expulsions of thousands of Haitian Bocchit Edmond, the Foreign Affairs Minister said on Monday "I sent a diplomatic note to my counterpart Darren Henfield, asking for a kind of moratorium on the repatriation process, because it is possible that hundreds of Haitians living legally in the Bahamas, find themselves expelled in Haiti because all their documents have been lost."

Despite the worsening of the crisis in Haiti, Edmond said Jovenel Moïse, had given the green light for an accelerated procedure of FREE replacement of passports and related documents for Haitian citizens living in the Bahamas.
Edmond expressed concern over rhetoric in the Bahamas regarding the deportation of irregular and undocumented migrants, deploring the fact that the expulsion or repatriation of Haitian migrants without due process was a "very common practice" of the Government of the Bahamas and said that long-standing worries have worsened since the passage of Dorian.

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