The Dominican Republic will send a delegation to Haiti to discuss the deportation of Haitian citizens from the country, Tuesday's edition of El Caribe reports. The migration minister announced that the administration would consult with its neighbor before expelling Haitians illegally residing in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in the Dominican Republic, where many have lived for years, while others have arrived more recently because of the 2010 earthquake and ensuing economic crisis in their home country. In 2013, the Dominican Supreme Court ruled that children of illegal migrants could not receive Dominican citizenship, rendering thousands of Haitian-origin Dominicans stateless.
While the expulsions have been stalled for now, the Dominican government is determined to carry them out later in the year. The administration of current President Danilo Medina has offered to provide free transportation for migrants deported to Haiti.
ABOUT THE SOURCE: El Caribe is a daily newspaper published founded in 1948 and published in Santo Domingo.