Haitian Program only registers 2000 people
Only 2,000 of an estimated 300,000 people have been registered in the Program for the Identification and Documentation of Haitian Immigrants (PIDIH) in the Dominican Republic as of March, according to the Refugees and Repatriated Persons Support Group (GARR) a Haitian NGO. Listin Diario reports that the program, which began in July 2014, is aimed at providing documents (birth certificates, ID cards, passports) to the descendents of Haitians living illegally in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican government is in the process of implementing a plan to regularize the status of foreigners born in the country to parents who are here illegally, and a program aimed at foreigners who entered the country illegally or who entered legally but overstayed their authorized period in the Dominican Republic.
“The situation is difficult at the only office operated by PIDIH in Santo Domingo. It would appear that the Haitian government does not have any passports at the moment,” said GARR coordinator Saint Pierre Beaubrun. With the documents issued by the PIDIH, the recipients can apply for the National Foreigner Regularization Plan in the Dominican Republic, which comes to an end in June.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
March 30, 2015
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