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Haiti - Social : 17,271 border crossings between Haiti and the DR recorded in 8 days
22/05/2020 11:12:40

Haiti - Social : 17,271 border crossings between Haiti and the DR recorded in 8 days
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 17,271 border crossings between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 50 border crossing points (4 official and 46 unofficial) between 26 April to 3 May, including deportations, voluntary returns and daily commute to purchase/sellgoods. Out of these, 5,961 movements were registered towards the Dominican Republic and 11,310 towards Haiti.

Of this fugure 2,414 were voluntary returns most of them carried out on the official border crossing points of Ouanaminthe and Belladère). The mayors of border communes such as Laschaobas (Centre) and Anse à Pitre (Southeast) have warned of their lack of capacity to provide health assistance to migrants arriving from the Dominican Republic through unofficial border points.

The implementation of the intervention protocol at the entry points is underway by the IOM and its partners, in particular in Ouanaminthe (department of the North-East) and in Belladère (department of the Center) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30662-haiti-dr-haiti-strengthens-health-surveillance-at-the-dominican-border.html

The implementation of the response protocol at entry pointsis ongoingby IOM and partners, in particular in Ouanaminthe (North-East department) and Belladère (Centre department). This includes awareness-raising through sound trucks, distribution of sensitization materials,training ofstaff from MSPP, POLIFRONT (border police), DPC, Red Cross, and ONM (National Migration Office).

MSPP, PAHO/WHO and IOM continue to coordinate the implementation of the protocol, the provision of critical WASH servicesand support in medical staffand the equipment of tents as quarantine centres.In addition, follow up on migrants and returnees at risk ofCOVID-19 started in Ouanaminthe.

IOM continues to offer psychosocial support through its hotline 840 to all migrants in need of assistance.

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