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Only 16% of US deportees still have roots in the DR

Florinda Rojas, the executive director of the National Migration Institute, says that only 16% of those deported from abroad have relatives and roots in the Dominican Republic. This makes their re-insertion into their country of origin more difficult.

The US government routinely deports Dominicans that have served jail time in the United States. Committing a felony is grounds for deportation for legal US residents.

The deportations are carried out primarily to persons who have committed crimes in the United States. In most cases, these persons have their primary residence in the United States for years. She said the deportees make up a large number among those in situation of vulnerability in the country.

Rojas says a study carried out looking into deportees from 1993 to 2016 shows that 66,000 have been deported from the United States. Of these 43% have served jail sentences mostly in the United States, and mostly for crimes related to drug trafficking and the remainder for irregularities in their migratory status, among others.

Rojas presented the findings of the study during the first forum to discuss support to vulnerable population that returns to the Dominican Republic. During the forum an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Attorney General Office, the Vice Presidency of the Republic and the National Migration Institute to adopt strategies to resolve the problems of Dominicans that voluntarily return or are deported.

The National Migration Institute is a technical government division in charge of carrying out research to help design public policies on migratory issues.

Source: DR1, 7dias

June 27, 2017

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