Haiti’s prime minister is warning that the Dominican Republic is creating a humanitarian crisis with its crackdown on migrants.
Prime Minister Evans Paul said Thursday that more than 14,000 people have crossed the border into Haiti in less than a week. He called it a “massive” amount and said the number included both people being deported and those leaving voluntarily. He said many of them should be considered Dominican citizens.
Paul spoke just days after the Dominican government said it would start deporting non-citizens who did not submit applications to establish legal residency. Many of those affected are of Haitian descent or from Haiti.
The Dominican government has said the deportations will be a slow and lengthy process. Migration officials said more than 12,000 people have left the country voluntarily.