Haiti – FLASH: 6 weeks after Dorian, Bahamas resumes deporting Haitians
Thursday, 6 weeks after the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian Category 5 which destroyed 85% of the island of Abaco, where lived more than 3,000 Haitians in 6 slums: Sand Banks, Farm Road, L & H at Treasure Cay, The Mudd, Pigeon Peas Elbow Cay https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28904-haiti-flash-after-the-passage-of-dorian-the-haitians-without-paper-in-the-bahamas-risk-the- Expulsion.html, 112 Haitian Migrants in a Migratory Situation were deported …
Outside of New Providence Island, the largest archipelago in the Bahamas, where in 2018 the International Organization for Migration, estimated that between 20,000 and 50,000 illegal Haitians lived , Abaco is the second largest island with the largest Haitian community.
Residents of Marsh Harbor on the Island of Abaco (3rd largest city in the Bahamas) who survived the hurricane were asked to evacuate to shelters on New Providence Island. Note that the 2000 victims who had taken refuge in Abaco shelters were largely Haitian or Haitian descent.
Recall that last September 30 Elsworth Johnson, the Bahamas Immigration Minister warned that foreigners in an undocumented migration situations risked being deported to their Country of origin, noting that shelters used after the Hurricane Dorian can not be used to circumvent the law https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28904-haiti-flash-after-the-passage-of-dorian- the-haitians-without-paper-in-the-bahamas-risk-the-expulsion.html
On 2 October in the Parliament, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, left no doubt about the expulsion measures, declaring to immigrants in a migratory situation on the territory of the archipelago, mostly Haitians “We are a country of laws and rules of illegal immigration.” However, they will be carried away in a way […] Therefore, all immigrants in an irregular migration situation must leave their own or they will be forced to do so. ” https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28906-haiti-flash-the-bahamas-ask-the-haitian-illegal-to-leave-the-archipelago-of-will-or-force.html  Bocchit Edmond, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield, asking for diplomatic a lot of moratorium on the repatriation process, stressing that “it is possible that hundreds of Haitians living legally in the Bahamas, find themselves expelled in Haiti because their documents have been lost” https://www.haitilibre.com/en/ news-28904-haiti-flash-after-the-passage-of-dorian-the-haitians-without-paper-in-the-bahamas-risk-the-expulsion.html
See also:  https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28906-haiti-flash-the-bahamas-ask-the-haitian-illegal-to-leave-the-archipelago-of-will-or-force.html
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