Migration authorities in the Dominican Republic have deported 395 Haitians considered to be “illegal” from the fronteers zone of Dajabon since the beginning of September, the Diario Libre reported.
The surge came after Dominican authorities tightened up immigration laws, meaning that tens of thousands without correct paperwork – including Dominican born people of Haitian descent – have fled to the neighboring country, or face deportation.
Robinson Carbonel, the director of the regional migration authority of Dajabon province, Western Dominican Republic, said that the Haitian citizens were supposedly apprehended in the towns of Cibao Central and Linea Noreste.
“They were duly processed and their presence was confirmed as irregular in Dominican territory,” he added.
According to the official, 95 percent of those repatriated have been male, while migration does not deal with minors or pregnant women.
Of the estimated half a million undocumented immigrants in the Dominican Republic, most of whom are of Haitian descent, less than 300,000 have successfully registered in the state regularization plan, leaving thousands facing potential deportation.
Dominican authorities restarted patrols to round up undocumented residents last week, after a “voluntary repatriation” period followed the June deadline for undocumented immigrants to register for regularization.
Tens of thousands of Haitian-Dominicans still face the threat of deportation.
Thousands of Haitian-Dominicans instantly became undocumented in 2013 when a Dominican court decision stripped Haitian-descendents of citizenship retroactively.
The ruling laid the foundation for the current migration crisis on the Caribbean island, where deep racial tensions are also longstanding.
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