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Dominican Republic to help Brazil stem avalanche of Haitians

Brasilia (EFE).- Brazil and five other countries will conduct campaigns to warn of the risks of undocumented Haitians smuggled by “coyotes” into the Amazon, Brasilia announced Thursday.

Representatives from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia met today in the Brazilian capital to assess the situation, after a jump in the influx of Haitians in recent months, many of whom survive precariously in the Amazon.

Agencia Brasil reports that the campaign seeking to promote the “benefits” of legal immigration and remind the limits and conditions to access jobs and to the work visas Brazil issues to Haitian citizens.

The five countries that Haitians use to illegally reach Brazil agreed to exchange information to dismantle the international trafficking networks formed by “coyotes.”

Last month the Brazilian government deployed hundreds of agents to the Amazon state of Acre, which borders Peru and Bolivia, where an avalanche of Haitian immigrants have been arriving recently.

In the first few days the interagency team managed to stabilize and provide “urgent” assistance to 1,193 Haitian immigrants found in precarious conditions in Acre.

Brazil has recently had to deal with various waves of illegal immigrants, starting with Bolivians, most of them forced to work in slave-like conditions, and then issued a general amnesty that most benefited Chinese and Paraguayans.

But the efforts have failed to stem the massive flow of undocumented foreign workers, some of them exploited by textile companies, construction and factories.

The announcement comes just hours after the Federal Police “Operation Samambaia” freed 80 foreigners mostly from Bangladesh working in conditions of slavery in Brasilia.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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