Haiti Humanitarian Bulletin - Issue 65 | June-July 2017
• 6,776 Haitians were officially deported from the Dominican Republic in July 2017
• Significant reduction in cholera cases through a more effective and coordinated response of humanitarian actors
• Dialogue between humanitarian actors and local authorities in the departments of Sud and Grand'Anse
# of IDPs still living in 27 camps since the 2010 earthquake (June 2017)
Source : DTM 37 867
Cumulative suspected cases of cholera: JanJuly. Source : MSPP/DELR 8,354
# of deaths due to cholera Source : MSPPP 88
Population moderately food insecure (IPC Phase 2) : 3.5 M
Population in crisis phase (IPC 3) 1.7M
Population in emergency phase (IPC 4) >650,000
# of children suffering from malnutrition Source : UNICEF 143 110
# of Haitian returnees from Dom. Rep. (28 July. 2017) Source : OIM 215,121
291.5 millions required (US$)
19.5% financed today
Intensification of deportation cases at the Haitian-Dominican border
Between June 2015 and July 2017, 215,121 returnees or deportees from the Dominican Republic where registered by IOM across the Haitian-Dominican border, including 3,776 suspected unaccompanied or separated children1. This is a trend that has increased drastically since April 2017: in July 2017, 6,776 people were officially repatriated from the Dominican Republic, a figure that represents 48% increase compared to the previous month (June 2017). The cases of deportation have been increasing since the adoption in 2014, of the judgment TC 168-13 of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court that removed Dominican nationality from tens of thousands of Dominican citizens of Haitian descent and since the initial expiry in June 2015 of the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE) in irregular situation.
The Haitian-Dominican border area is characterized, on the Haitian side, by a weak representation of state institutions and the absence of socio-economic opportunities 2; hence, a significant number of migrants cross the border irregularly in search of services and opportunities unavailable in Haiti.
When deported, a majority of the deportees arrive in Haiti under very precarious conditions: without resources, separated from their families, underfed and exhausted after having spent several days in Dominican detention centres. In addition, some of them are potential stateless persons because of the adoption of the judgment TC 168-13. In June 2015, UNHCR identified 2,784 persons from the Dominican Republic who could be considered stateless; 75.2 per cent of whom were children, a figure that could increase considering the 133,770 number of persons at risk of statelessness and of being expelled to Haiti in the Dominican Republic.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.