The Dominican Republic Gives Foreigners The Boot

The Dominican Republic government has continued its rabid campaign against undocumented foreigners and in particular the Haitian people.

During September, the government has expelled or refused entry to more than 9,000 people, mainly of Haitian origin.

 In a report, Lieutenant General Máximo William Muñoz Delgado of the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) said that 9,332 foreigners were expelled or not admitted to the border and returned to their respective countries.

The Lieutenant noted that of that figure, 5,254 were denied access as they tried to enter the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country without a valid document, and 4,069 people who were living in an irregular migration situation were deported to their country of origin.

The report noted that apart from Haitian citizens, the other people deported or refused entry were from Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Taiwan, and Venezuela.

The Dominican Republic government has declared strict border control and advised that it would continue to maintain strict scrutiny over the entry and exit of foreigners into the country.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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