Thousands of Haitians have been leaving for Haiti through the one way doors habilitated for their return. Many of these are merchants who live off bilateral trade. The shutdown of the border gates for land, air and maritime traffic has resulted in their loss of business. The merchants are not allowed to return to Haiti with goods for sale in Haiti.
Meanwhile, the local migration authorities continue to deport undocumented Haitians. Many of the undocumented are choosing to return to Haiti to avoid deportation.
The Dominican Republic has served as a social pressure release valve for Haiti, given that thousands were allowed to enter three times a week to carry out trade and work in the Dominican Republic and return to Haiti at their discretion.
21 September 2023