Tuesday, the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) of the Dominican Republic revealed that last June 4,943 foreigners in irregular migration had been deported to their country of origin. Most of the returnees were of Haitian origin even though the DGM indicated that these deportations included foreigners [note HL — a very small number] from other countries such as China, India, Russia, the United States, Venezuela and the Netherlands.
Regarding migratory movements through the land border, DGM reported 16,778 admissions and 14,246 exit in June, mainly at the border crossing point of Jimani where the largest flow of foreigners is observed.
Moreover, the DGM indicates that the Dominican authorities had refused the entry in June to 3,616 foreigners without proper documents, trying to enter the Dominican territory by Jimani
The DGM reiterated “that it will remain firm in its commitment to control the entry and exit of [Haitian] foreigners in Dominican territory, considering that the migration movement must be harmonized with the needs of national development.”
Recall that since the expiry of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) in June 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that more than 202,252 Haitian migrants returned spontaneously or were expelled to Haiti, to which are added the expellees of June 2017. It should be noted that this number is partial and inferior to the reality because they concern only the persons registered by the agents who monitor at the level of fifty border crossing points out of 141 unofficial crossings points.