Haitians continue voluntary return
Haitians that were not able to normalize their status in the Dominican Republic continue to return to Haiti. Recently, the Dominican government offered to assist in free transport of the goods, but thus far only a few Haitians have taken advantage of this service. The main reason for the lack of normalization of many Haitians has been the negligence of the Haitian government in issuing these with essential documents, such as birth certificates and passports.
El Nacional reports that recently at the check points 12 to 15 pickups with household goods have been crossing the border. This is up from a normal max of three in the past.
The military at the border have received instructions to facilitate the moves.
Last week, at the start of the voluntary returns, Haiti President Michel Martelly protested the increase in returning Haitians, as captured on video by Noticias Sin. “We were told the government repatriations would begin in 45 days, and in the first three days we have seen around 11,000 persons returning,” he commented referring to the unexpected voluntary returns of Haitians. Apparently, he did not expect the Haitian people to return home to seek the documentation to legalize their status in the Dominican Republic.
While the Dominican government offered free of charge the service to normalize their status for people residing in the Dominican Republic, the Haitian government was blatantly negligent in providing its citizens with essential documents such as birth certificates so these could complete the residency regularization process in the Dominican Republic throughout the 18-month grace period.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
June 29, 2015
Category: DR News |