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Haiti - Social : 340 Haitians deported from the Bahamas
16/11/2019 11:19:55

Haiti - Social : 340 Haitians deported from the Bahamas
The International Organization for Migrants (IOM - Haiti), in collaboration with the National Office of Migration in Haiti (ONM), monitored the repatriation of 340 Haitian migrants from the Bahamas, 153 of whom were interviewed by the NOM their arrival at the airports of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien.

Returnees reported being detained in the street, at work or at home during immigration control operations, sometimes late at night by immigration officials, and remained in detention for 10 to 30 days https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29154-haiti-politic-the-embassy-of-haiti-asks-the-bahamas-to-stop-imprisoning-haitians.html

Most deported Haitians, said they lived in the island of Abaco https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28904-haiti-flash-after-the-passage-of-dorian-the-haitians-without-paper-in-the-bahamas-risk-the-expulsion.html in the Bahamas and being evacuated after Hurricane Dorian "We lost everything in the Bahamas because of Dorian and now they are bringing us back to Haiti ?" what are we going to do it?" wonder one of the deported back in Haiti as the country is going through a severe socio-economic crisis...

"We are concerned about these repatriations because the situation in Haiti remains fragile," said Giuseppe Loprete, IOM Haiti's Chief of Mission, recalling that Dorian had caused massive destruction in the islands of Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Abaco where lived thousands of Haitians

The ONM and IOM received 105 Haitian migrants, repatriated on 5 November. IOM has helped returning Haitians with transportation costs and hygiene kits and will soon start providing medical and psychosocial support to migrants, many of whom are traumatized after their experiences in the Bahamas.

According to the Bahamas authorities, repatriation of undocumented Haitians and irregular migrants will continue, confirming their intention to return all migrants in an irregular migration situation from their territory regardless of their nationality.

IOM Haiti will continue to monitor these returns in coordination with IOM-Bahamas and the NOM in Haiti to ensure the collection of accurate information on returnees and provide them with adequate support.

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