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Haiti - FLASH : Colombia calls for a hemispheric response to the Haitian migration crisis
15/10/2021 09:16:12

Haiti - FLASH : Colombia calls for a hemispheric response to the Haitian migration crisis
During his visit to New York (October 11-12), Colombian President Iván Duque said that the increase in Haitian arrivals in recent months in Colombia and Panama en route to the United States is no longer just a problem for these two countries and called for a hemispheric response to the Haitian migratory crisis "I believe that it is no longer only the business of Colombia or Panama, the situation of Haitian migrants is much more serious."

According to President Duque, a common response is urgent : "The way in which this situation is going to be handled must call on all countries in the region and almost all in the hemisphere to act responsibly."

He stressed that in recent months, the flow of migrants, mostly Haitians, from Chile and Brazil, arrive every day by the hundreds at the Colombian-Panamanian border to cross from Necoclím, the Colombian jungle of "Darien Gap" one of the most dangerous regions of Latin America, an area of ​​marshes and hostile forests of about 8,000 km2 "they risk their lives in the dangerous Darien jungle, the natural border between Colombia and Panama [...]"

Recall that from January to September 2021, 91,300 migrants including 56,600 Haitians, crossed the Colombian jungle of "Darien Gap" one of the most dangerous regions of Latin America, an area of ​​marshes and hostile forests of about 8,000 km2 . https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34962-haiti-flash-56-600-haitians-this-year-crossed-the-dangerous-jungle-of-darien-colombia.html

For this reason Iván Duque asked that a meeting between the countries concerned be held quickly to coordinate the efforts in order to resolve the migratory crisis. However, he ruled out in advance the possibility of establishing a humanitarian corridor to allow the safe passage of migrants or to provide temporary relief status. recalling "Colombia currently has a protection status policy temporary with Venezuelan citizens who were in Colombia. At present, we support a hemispheric solution to this situation. But, let's be clear, the Haitian migrants who gather at the border between Colombia and Panama do not come to stay in Colombia or Panama, their goal is to reach the southern border of the United States."

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