Local April 27, 2022 | 7:07 am

Dominican Republic normalizes 45K+ Venezuelans in one year

Santo Domingo.-The normalization program for Venezuelans in the Dominican Republic completed one year with more than 45,000 people registered.

Those who participated agree that the results are positive, so now there is also a commitment to the integration of that community. Of those, around 34,000 were able to complete to advance to phase 2 and phase 3 of the program.

“The normalization plan is a step towards integration and a greater contribution of the Venezuelan population to the economic development of the Dominican Republic,” said Josué Gastelbondo, head of the mission of the International Organization for Migration in the country.

Gastelbondo said that Venezuelan immigration is the largest that America has seen in modern times.

The Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V) estimates that there are 6.11 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the world, of which 5.06 are in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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April 27, 2022 8:22 am

Talk about an open border – for the select!

Paul Tierney
April 27, 2022 9:47 am
Reply to  Brien

Select equals less brown eyes to filter ?

April 27, 2022 12:10 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Hey Paul, can you elaborate more on your comment?

Paul Tierney
April 28, 2022 9:03 am

Venezuela population has about 3.7% African race. Haiti has 86% African. Not hard to figure out what is happening regarding who is welcome to be naturalized in the RD.

April 28, 2022 9:45 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Okay, got it. Thank you for the clarity Paul. Two more questions, and these are genuine authentic questions; what would be a measure, not an opinion or how you feel it should be, but an actual tangible measure that would show/demonstrate a JUST & FAIR treatment of ANY migrant group? and can you give an example of a sovereign country applying it?

April 27, 2022 12:09 pm
Reply to  Brien

This normalization process is nothing new, and I could be mistaken but the total visas (not the process) awarded to our Haitian brethren’s (I believe since 2017 we have been averaging 36k visas a year) far exceed the possible 35k awarded to the Venezuelans during this time period and given what has been going on in there country, I don’t know if you can say we (Dominicans) should the same urgency and preference we showed our neighbors, during the earth quake in 2010. That being said i wish we can do more for both groups.

the heist is coming
April 28, 2022 9:52 pm

good that you cleared that you were dominican with so much emphasis

anyway if you see a Venezuelan walking down the street (and put much effort into answering this question) do you thing he came here:

A- With a visa

B- Walking on water

C- Taking a boat even tough he could have gone to chile, uruguay, panama etc which are countries with twice the dominican republic’s gdp and didnt have to take a boat or better yet to Puerto Rico with four times the said gdp.

You fixed on trying to make this about race and everything we do is wrong

April 29, 2022 12:04 pm

Given your response, I advise you reread my reply to Brien because in no way am I making it about Race and DEFINITELY not saying that “everything we do is wrong” (if by we you mean Dominicans). I am simply highlighting that Brien comment “Talk about an open border – for the select!” is your typical knee jerk reaction to any situation when you hear anything involving Dominican & Haitian, where in this instance as I pointed out, we have given more visas (on an annual average) to Haitian migrants then to any other migrant group. And I also added that comparing apples to apples (The topple of the Venezuelan Government vs The Haitian Earthquake in 2010) we responded with more urgency and intentionality on the latter (The Haitian Earthquake). All that being said, as Brien is on one of the spectrum, that all Dominicans are racist towards Haitians and they cant do anything right towards them, you my friend are at the other end, which Dominicans cannot do ANYTHING wrong and we are perfect human beings with no room for improvement. The extremes are for the short sighted and for those who have no interest but to serve there own agenda.

And to answer your question, I chose “C” that they most likely took a boat.

April 27, 2022 3:38 pm

When the us invaded our country Venezuela let in over 40k Dominicans so is only right