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UN official: Only amnesty solves Haitian immigration problem

Santo Domingo.- United Nations Development Program (UNDP) local director Valerie Julliand on Thursday said the only way to solve the country’s Haitian immigration problem is with an amnesty, as other nations have done.

She said though Dominican Republic has taken a positive step toward solving the problem by implementing the Immigration Regulation Law, the issue of people of Haitian descent born here should be further discussed.

Interviewed at the close of the seminar Dominican-Haitian Binational Relations, Julliand noted that many Europe countries, starting with Spain, France and others which had similar situation as Dominican Republic’s, with even larger migrant groups for many years, have resorted to an amnesty.

“So we promote an amnesty to allow regularizing the situation of immigrants who’ve lived in the country for many years, it’s the only way to solve the problem, allowing them to continue here legally,” she said.

The UNDP representative however declined to say from how many years could the amnesty be adopted, noting that each country’s situation is different and must be studied.

“In my country (France) people have come at a given time, in the Dominican Republic they’ve been coming for many years, but this mechanism should be applied in any manner because it favors coexistence among peoples.”

Santo Domingo.- United Nations Development Program (UNDP) local director Valerie Julliand on Thursday said the only way to solve the country’s Haitian immigration problem is with an amnesty, as other nations have done.

She said though Dominican Republic has taken a positive step toward solving the problem by implementing the Immigration Regulation Law, the issue of people of Haitian descent born here should be further discussed.

Interviewed at the close of the seminar Dominican-Haitian Binational Relations, Julliand noted that many Europe countries, starting with Spain, France and others which had similar situation as Dominican Republic’s, with even larger migrant groups for many years, have resorted to an amnesty.

“So we promote an amnesty to allow regularizing the situation of immigrants who’ve lived in the country for many years, it’s the only way to solve the problem, allowing them to continue here legally,” she said.

The UNDP representative however declined to say from how many years could the amnesty be adopted, noting that each country’s situation is different and must be studied.

“In my country (France) people have come at a given time, in the Dominican Republic they’ve been coming for many years, but this mechanism should be applied in any manner because it favors coexistence among peoples.”

Source: Dominican Today

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