USA: Dominican non-resident numbers down
According to the Central Bank, fear of the immigration policies of United States president, Donald Trump, has led to a lower number of non-resident Dominicans visiting the country.
According to data from the bank, between January and March this year, a total of 170,358 non- resident Dominicans arrived into the country by air – that is down nearly 4% on the same period last year. In January the number non-residents visiting the US were up, but declined in February by 6%, the first decrease in three years and down by over 13% in March.
Trump began his presidency on 20 January, and following the signing of executive orders the risk of expulsion from the country for those who have committed any crime, not only serious ones, has increased, leading to less immigrants likely to leave the country, being afraid they will not be allowed to return.
According to Central Bank governor, Hector Valdez Albizu, during a press conference, said the reason for the decrease in arrivals of non resident Dominicans is purely what he called “The Trump Effect”.
On average, 10% of those who visit the country are Dominicans who are not resident here, but the arrival of foreigners continues to increase with 4.78% more in the first three months of the year, some 1,495,249.
Source: DR1, Diariolibre
Apr 18, 2017
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