As registration of Haitians in the Dominican Republic falls short of population numbers, the country looks to move forward with controversial deportations
- A little under half of the more than 500,000 migrant workers in the Dominican Republic have begun the documentation process with the Wednesday deadline looming, leaving the Haitian community, which comprises 90% of migrant workers, vulnerable to deportation.
- The situation comes as a result of the strict legal measures restricting citizenship and immigration that began with the stripping of the citizenship of Dominicans born to Haitian immigrants after 1929.
- Immigrants who have submitted themselves for registration will have 45 more days to complete the process, while the rest will be subject to deportations that the law’s opposers say can only result from community targeting and racial profiling.
“The signals are clear. …The Dominican government is setting up logistics, placing vehicles and personnel to start the process of repatriation.”
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