“Where are we going to live?”: Migration and Statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (Amnesty International 2016)
Amnesty International. “‘Where Are We Going to Live?’: Migration and Statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.” 2016. https://www.amnestyusa.org/files/amr3641052016_where_am_i_going_to_live.compressed.pdf.
In December 2013, the Dominican Republic set out an 18-month National Regularization
Plan for Foreigners with Irregular Migration Status aimed at foreigners who had migrated to
the Dominican Republic. In the same month, the government announced a suspension of all
deportations, but promised to resume full-scale deportations immediately after the expiration
of the plan, on 18 June 2015.
The possibility of mass deportations of Haitian migrants and the widely-feared expulsion of
Dominicans of Haitian descent captured the attention of the international community and the
media, and led to increased tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Following the expiration of the regularization plan, the Dominican authorities explicitly
committed not to expel anybody who could prove that they had been born in the Dominican
Republic. They also promised that each case would be assessed individually following due
process and that people born in the country would be screened and protected from expulsion.
Haitian authorities publicly expressed the government’s commitment to treat Haitian
nationals coming from the Dominican Republic appropriately but also said were not unduly
concerned by the possible expulsion of Dominicans and stateless people.