More than a hundred Haitians arrive in the capital Tuesday from Chile as part of the voluntary return plan launched last November by the South American government.
About 821 Haitians returned to the country, thanks to this initiative, to which will be joined Tuesday another 185 people who decided to return, despite the situation in the country, according to statements by Jose Tomas Vicuña, director of the Jesuit Migrant Service.
‘We consider all the inconveniences that may occur, but now we don’t see any problem’, told reporters Mijail Bonito, a migratory advisor to Chile’s Interior Ministry, referring to protests in the Caribbean nation that left the capital and other cities paralyzed for more than a week.
Over 1,415 Haitians are so far waiting for the return date of the 2,236 enlisted in the initiative, which has also been the target of numerous criticisms.
For some migratory organizations, the decision has racist components, and they point out that the focus is on Haitians when other communities did not find great benefits in Chile either.
However, the South American government assured that the plan emerged among members of the same Haitian community in the country, and is framed within the migration policy in response to the massive arrival of foreigners.
The returnees must land at the Tossaint Louverture airport, but previously signed an affidavit in which they promised not to return to Chile for a period of nine years.
If you are in the country with spouses, civil cohabitants or children, everyone should return to Haiti, although there are exemptions for children of Chilean nationals.