November 30, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Dominican authorities have expelled at least 1,800 unaccompanied Haitian migrant children this year, sending them back to their crisis-stricken country, UNICEF said.
The Dominican Republic denied the claim, which came Tuesday November 22, 2022 amid government’s intensifying crackdown on migration in response to a cholera outbreak and ongoing gang violence in Haiti.
The two countries share a 240 mile (390 kilometre) border on the island of Hispaniola. The crackdown has provoked harsh criticism by international observers, including the United States, which have accused the country of mass deportations, racist treatment of migrants and detentions of Haitians in facilities with poor conditions.
Among those fleeing to the Dominican Republic are girls and boys, many of whom are sent back to Haiti through different points, where they have been received by UNICEF partners at the border, according to the organization.
The information was first reported by CNN and confirmed by UNICEF.