Monday, February 24, 2014

Haitian repatriations on the increase

Nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants were repatriated in 2013 at a cost of over $1 million, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.

Mitchell said a total of 3,868 migrants were deported, 835 listed as other nationals and 3,033 Haitians.

Mitchell said on Wednesday, that during the period January 1 to February 18, 2014, 410 illegal immigrants were repatriated, 53 listed as other nationals and 357 Haitians.

In 2012, 3,134 illegal migrants were deported, the majority (2,496) being Haitians, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said there were 1,899 illegal boat landings in 2013 compared to 1,477 in 2012.

Speaking on the migrants listed as ‘other’ he said: “I would guess that the other nationals are mainly made up of Cubans and we have had discussions with both the Cuban government and the American government because we see a significant bump up in the number of Cuban migrants that are coming through The Bahamas and we are trying to figure out why that is.

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