IOM: More than 17,000 Haitians repatriated since September | News

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a report on Tuesday that, from September 19, 2021 to January 7, more than 17,000 Haitians were repatriated.


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The IOM office in the Caribbean nation reports that, of the 17,313 deportees, the largest number, some 13,690 come from the United States (USA); of them 54 percent were men, 26 percent women; 9 percent were boys and at least 10 percent girls; who arrived on 128 flights.

IOM indicated that this behavior corresponds to the greatest migratory crisis experienced in that country in the last decade, which has other Latin American countries, such as Chile and Brazil, among the main migratory destinations.

Other nations that are the destination of this migration are Mexico, Bahamas, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos.

Likewise, the head of IOM projects for the assistance to migrants, Claire Gaulin, expressed that “an increasing number of migrants from Haiti undertake the dangerous journey by sea with the hope of reaching another country”, referring to a figure that only in the month of October amounted to 1,194 migrants, exclusively by sea.

“They are motivated by a number of factors, such as insecurity, lack of work and other opportunities in their country. In some cases, people have left because their property or livelihoods were destroyed by the earthquake that struck the southwest of the country. country in August. They all have something in common and it is trying to find a better future for themselves and their family, “Gaulin deepened.

In order to avoid this growing migratory flow and reduce the risks to human lives, he specified that they should be offered “job opportunities in Haiti and guarantee the improvement of people’s living conditions and access to basic services.”

The IOM added that all returnees, from September to date, have been provided with food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and medical assistance, which includes tests to detect Covid-19.