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Plan to Regularize Foreigners expired nearly a year ago but complaints persist

Santo Domingo.- Complaints persist nearly one year after the deadline for foreigners to register in the Plan to Regularize Foreigners (PNRE) expired.

During that period, 288,466 mostly Haitians registered, of which 102,940 applied just by presenting a birth certificate from their country; 69,997 signed with IDs; 95,164 with passports and 20,345 fail to produce any documents.

The figures prompted the National Bureau for Migration and Refugees in the Dominican Republic (MENAMIRD) to ask the Government to implement a complementary PNRE, which allows the more than 200,000 people to regularize their immigration status, who hadn’t qualified.

MENAMIRD coordinator William Charpantier said according to the 2012 Census, there are 500,000 foreigners in the country and only 239,000 were regularized.

Outlet reports that calls to Interior and Police minister Jose Ramon Fadul and Immigration director Ruben Paulino to comment on MENAMIRD’s request went unanswered.

Charpantier said Immigration inspectors are conducting mass and arbitrary deportations of people to Haiti since around two months, including those who present PNRE documents.

He added that the Interior and Police Ministry documents aren’t recognized and that the deportation protocol established under the regulatory plan is being violated. “When a child is born to the person or when they give birth in the case of women; when you have to buy a cell phone or make a financial transaction, you cannot do so because none of those documents is recognized.”

Source: DT

April 22, 2016

Category: DR News |

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