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Dominican Republic: Fearful Haitians Deported or Voluntarily Flee

Published: November 25, 2013
At least 350 Haitians and people of Haitian descent have either been expelled from the Dominican Republic or left on their own accord in recent days after two Dominicans were killed, said Lolo Sterne, coordinator for Haiti‚Äôs Office of Migration, on Monday. The two Dominicans were killed last week in the town of Neiba during what appeared to be a burglary, and a Dominican mob retaliated by killing a Haitian man.

Migrant advocates said that many of those who were deported had gone to a police station seeking refuge, and that some volunteered to leave the country because they feared being victims of mob violence. Others left because the Dominican authorities rounded them up in the streets, migrant advocates added.

 The Dominican police said the people were not expelled from the country, but rather went to the police station because they feared reprisals and asked the authorities to escort them to the border so they could cross it themselves. Haiti and the Dominican Republic have had a volatile relationship as neighbors on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.