Bavaro & Punta Cana March 22, 2024 | 12:17 pm

The UN will open a center for Haitian migrants in Punta Cana

Punta Cana.- Amid calls from international organizations for the Dominican Republic to accommodate Haitian refugees, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is set to inaugurate a migrant care, referral, and resource center in Punta Cana, La Altagracia province.

The opening ceremony of the CARE center is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Verón, Punta Cana, with invitations extended to authorities, local organizations, community leaders, and the media. Josúe Gastelbondo Amaya, the Head of Mission for IOM in the Dominican Republic, explains that the center’s inauguration is part of the organization’s efforts to facilitate orderly, fair, and regular migration management in the country.

The United Nations’ specialized agency anticipates that the CARE center will serve as a crucial resource for assisting vulnerable populations in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic.

For years, illegal Haitian migrants have established settlements near the Friusa Crossing in Punta Cana, leading to periodic evictions by the National Police, Ministry of Environment authorities, and the Directorate General of Immigration.

Amidst ongoing violence in Haiti, which has prompted an internal exodus of hundreds of thousands of families, some seeking refuge in the Dominican Republic, neighboring Jamaica has stepped up to offer assistance.

According to a report from the EFE agency, non-profit organizations Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) of Jamaica and HaitiChildren of Haiti have signed a memorandum of understanding to accommodate 59 severely disabled orphans and their 13 Haitian caregivers in Jamaica.

The group is expected to arrive in Jamaica and stay at the newly built Ephesus Village, Jacob’s Ladder, in the town of Moneague, Saint Ann parish. The agreement, initially lasting two years, will be financed by donations received by HaitiChildren.

Garvin Augustine, executive director of MSC, expressed gratitude for the cooperation of government agencies in facilitating legal entry for the children into Jamaica, ensuring they receive necessary care in a secure environment.

In related news, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force reported intercepting 95 Haitian migrants on Wednesday afternoon, amidst the ongoing crisis in Haiti. The undocumented immigrants were processed and handed over to immigration authorities in the country.

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John Gracefield
March 23, 2024 7:06 am

This is welcome news. The Dominican Republic has a trade surplus of nearly $1 billion dollars a year with Haiti. Show the world compassion for Haitians.

Love Not Hate
March 25, 2024 11:56 am

The downvotes just show how much you Dominicans hate Haitians. Its disgusting how this country treats its neighbors and I’m honestly sick and tired of it. This “I no black, I dominican” mentality needs to stop. It really makes you look stupid.

March 29, 2024 12:15 pm
Reply to  Love Not Hate

Shut up, sir/madam. You know nothing.

March 26, 2024 4:37 pm

Learn actual facts and history first before spreading misinformation. The Dominican Republic has 3 million+ Haitians living in its country in peace for years. Haitians give birth for FREE without any hesitation or denial from Dominican hospitals. Haitians are everywhere living amongst Dominicans. They are in every social bracket from the most basic job to white collar jobs and nobody is bothering them. They are neighbors, school teachers, profesors, construction workers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, pastors, ect who live without any problem in the DR. However laws are laws and we cannot take the entire burden or you will have two failed states. Why don’t you point your personal gripe towards the bigger nations who have ransacked that country?! All smaller nearby islands who are NOT Hispanic have started to SECURE their islands to avoid their migration while we have hosted them for years? We have offer assistance in the past and they decline as they declined Kenya and other foreign countries. Educate yourself on the situation and history instead of reading fake propaganda from social media.

March 25, 2024 9:59 am

Keep the UN out!