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The US expelled three times as many Haitians in 13 days than in the previous seven months

Between September 19 and October 1, US immigration services chartered 57 planes to expel 6,213 Haitian migrants from its territory, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In those 13 days, there were nearly three times as many returns to Haiti by US authorities as in the previous seven and a half months, from February to mid-September 2021, during which time 37 flights carried 2,140 migrants home to Haitians in an irregular situation. regular.

The information was collected in a graph published on the social networks of the International Organization for Migration, which also indicates that of the last 57 flights, 36 landed in Port-au-Prince with 4,298 passengers on board and another 21 in Cap-Haitien, the main city in the north, with what A total of 1915 immigrants were deported.

52% of the expelled are men, 26% are women and 22% are minors, according to the latest data from the International Organization for Migration, which provides assistance on the ground to Haitian returnees.

The US government has received multiple criticisms for its handling of the immigration crisis that has emerged weeks ago due to the massive arrival of thousands of people, mostly from Haiti, at the US-Mexico border.

President Joe Biden’s Latin American adviser, Juan Gonzalez, and Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, on Friday apologized to the people of Haiti, during a visit to Port-au-Prince, for mistreatment of Haitians. On the southern border of the country.

“Regarding the sad images of the treatment of Haitian immigrants at our borders: I want to say it was unfair, it was a mistake. And I want to apologize to the people of Haiti. It’s not the way border officials act.” Gonzalez said.

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The International Organization for Migration, jointly with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on countries on Thursday “not to expel Haitians without assessing their protection needs and ensuring basic human rights.”

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