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Haiti - DR : Almost 100,000 Haitians return to the country in 6 months
18/07/2020 10:55:12

Haiti - DR : Almost 100,000 Haitians return to the country in 6 months
According to data collected by the Group of Support to Repatriates and Refugees (GARR) at official and unofficial border crossing points, for the first six months of 2020, 98,828 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic returned to Haiti of which 20,629 in irregular migration were repatriated by the Dominican authorities and 78,195 returned voluntarily following the loss of their employment caused by the pandemic of Covid-19.

During the month of June 28,581 Haitians returned to Haiti (GAAR) including 17,336 in the last two weeks of June according to Josué Gastelbondo Chef de Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Dominican Republic.

An upward trend that seems to be confirmed for the first week of July when 5,898 Haitians, who lived in the neighboring Republic, returned voluntarily to Haiti between June 29 and July 5 (OIM Report)

For these first 6 months, the two most frequented official border crossing points are Ouanaminthe (North-East) with 39,422 Haitians and Belladère (Center) with 18,984 Haitians.

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