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Haitian President pressures DR to accept their repatriation terms

On 13 July 2015, Haitian President Michel Martelly repeated that his government was looking for what he calls “a peaceful solution to what he calls the immigration crisis with the Dominican Republic”. He made the comment before his meeting with a visiting delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS). Martelly, via his Twitter social media account, asked the international community to intervene in the crisis to pressure the Dominican Republic to accept Haiti’s repatriation terms. Martelly has denied that thousands of Haitians who returned to Haiti from the Dominican Republic have done so voluntarily.

The OAS delegation is headed by the secretary of Political Affairs of the OAS, Francisco Guerrero. The delegation had previously spent three days in the Dominican Republic to carry out an inquiry into the implementation of the National Foreigner Legalization Plan. Members of the OAS mission described their visit to the Dominican Republic as enlightening, positive and constructive.

Prior to meeting with President Martelly, the mission met at the United Nations office for the Stabilization of Haiti (Minustah), visited the border at Anse-a-Pitres and the bi-national market there.

It has been noted that Haiti and the Dominican Republic were at the same stage of economic development in the 1960s. However, the economy of the Dominican Republic has expanded 60-fold since then. In contrast, the last fifty years or so in Haiti have been marked by political and administrative chaos, widening of the gap between the rich and poor and high rates of illiteracy and deforestation. As a result of the disparity in economic progress between the two countries and relative political stability that the Dominican Republic enjoys compared to Haiti, has led to a steadily increasing rate of Haitians migrating to the Dominican Republic during recent decades. The Haitian migrants have crossed the 300 km border seeking employment and access to free social services, including health care and education. With the worsening of the social, economic and political situation in Haiti, the number of Haitians migrating to the Dominican Republic has increased substantially over the past 5 years, which has led to increased expenditures by the Dominican government in a number of social and public services.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

July 14, 2015

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