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Haiti doubts nationalization plan will work

A mission from the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR), a Haitian NGO platform, conducted a study in the Dominican Republic between 5 to 8 August 2014. They examined the National Plan for Legalization of Foreigners (PNRE) aimed at tackling the irregular migration situation in the Dominican Republic, established by the Dominican authorities on June 2, and revealed that the situation for Haitians is far from simple.

The PNRE is free as indicated by a sign posted in the registration office, but according to testimonies from migrants, all required documents cost between RD$10,000 to RD$15,000 and sometimes more, and all documents to be submitted must be notarized.

The list of the required documents is very long: bank book, a notarized certificate of domicile, invoices showing that the applicant has made significant purchases in Dominican territory in a store that has a Tax Identification Number (RNC) [the vast majority of Haitian migrants purchase at informal sales points that do not hold an RNC] a certificate of residence [in the absence of proof of payment of rent] issued by a neighborhood committee and signed by seven witnesses, who often demand money for this service.

According to official figures, as of July 30, 2014, two months ago, 97,585 people went to the Dominican centers to inquire, 33,744 have already opened a case for regularization, 633 were able to record using a document, 260 submitted a complete file and only 17 people could receive a positive response.

Given all the requirements and challenges faced by their compatriots to register at PNRE, the GARR mission speculates whether this regulation plan is actually a plan to identify foreigners in order to repatriate them.

Source: DR1, HaitiLibre

Category: DR News |

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