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Suriname to regularise illegal Haitians

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Suriname to regularise illegal Haitians

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) — Haiti says it is pleased with a decision by Suriname to regularise more than 1,500 Haitians who have been residing in the Dutch Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Suriname, Alex Jospitre, accompanied by the Vice Consul Rosario Alexandre held what has been described as “important and fruitful meeting” with Justice and Police Minister, Ferdinand Welzijn, regarding the regularisation of Haitians in the country.

A statement issued following the talks noted that Welzijn had reiterated Suriname is moving to ease the uncertainty regarding the irregular situation facing the estimated 1, 800 Haitians who had been able to obtain temporary residence for a two-year period through an initiative undertaken by the Desi Bouterse government three months ago.

Jospitre said he was pleased with the outcome of the talks and the initiative “because our regularised compatriots will soon be entitled to social benefits and civil rights such as access to health insurance coverage, driver's license, authorisation of work, the right to invest, the right to property, the possibility to marry foreigners, to move freely through and out of the country”.

In addition, Jospitre said that the meeting also explored other initiatives with the possibility of an extension of the process of legalisation, which expired on December 20 last year, for the benefit of Haitians who could not meet the requested documents and funds in time.

He said a request was made for the possibility of special treatment for Haitians who have entered Suriname illegally and who have not been included in the recent process of legalisation.

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