Voluntary departures reach 31,275
SANTO DOMINGO. As of yesterday, 31,275 persons of Haitian nationality had voluntarily left the country, according to the statistics registered by the Directorate General of Migration. Of this number, a few more than 1000 have done so taking advantage of the facilities granted by the Government through the Program of Voluntary Return, which began last 18 June and ends next Monday, 6 July. Starting on this day, they will begin a process of evaluation of the program, according to reports yesterday from the director general of Migration, Ruben Paulino Sem, although he did not specify if from that moment they will begin the repatriation process of illegals who have not accepted the National Plan of Normalization.
Questioned regarding this aspect, Paulino Sem limited himself to saying that on 6 July the 15 day period comes to an end, and starting then, the government will make its decision. Nonetheless, he pointed out that they are prepared to begin the process of repatriations, for which they have 2000 men trained by the Armed Forces and 150 Immigration Inspectors, who received training – he said – in human rights, international humanitarian law and the immigration laws.
As part of the protocol of action on which Migration is still working, it was established that the agents will go into the streets using non-lethal weapons, in order to avoid any bloodshed.
Paulino Sem spoke after a meeting which he held, together with the Minister of Interior and Police, José Ramon (Monchy) Fadul, with the Special Commission of the Senate which is following the implementation of the Normalization Plan. This commission, chaired by legislator Prin Pujals, announced that they would visit all of the parliaments of Central and South America, as well as the United States and Canada in order to reveal “the respectable and humanitarian manner” in which Dominican authorities are carrying out the plan.
Those who have left
Of the Haitians who decided to abandon the country, the great majority did so through the frontier gates of Dajabon, where 23,541 persons left. This was followed by Elias pina, with a total of 4295; in Jimani with 2519 and Pedernales with 920 persons. Of those that let, 15,777 are men, 8371 are women and 7127 are minors.
July 4, 2015
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