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Haitians from Chile will return to Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

Haitians from Chile will return to Port-au-Prince on Wednesday.

Everything seems already programmed for the humanitarian plan for the return of Haitians living in Chile. Out of about one thousand registered candidates, 176 were selected for the first flight that will arrive in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from Santiago. Nearly 1,000 Haitians have already signed the declaration available since October 17 for those who wish to benefit from the plan of return to Haiti. A Boeing 767 from the Chilean Air Force departed at 9 am local time from Santiago Airport. The trip will last seven hours and 25 minutes, according to the Immigration and Foreigners Department.

“Sunday at noon, we sent text messages in Haitian creole containing the main information,” said the director of the Chilean Department of Immigration and Migration, Álvaro Bellolio. “Today (Monday), we started sending e-mails and phone calls to confirm their participation,” he added. If the person does not answer the phone three times, they will allocate the quota to those on the waiting list. Those who confirm the trip were required to check in at the gym at the central station for the morning flight.

Only six days after the opening of the application process, 315 Haitians from several municipalities signed up to return to their country. According the Ministry of the Interior, 18 Haitians who boarded the plane on Wednesday were registered in the municipality of Santiago, 13 in Quilicura, 11 in Cerro Navia and the same number in Colina. A little less in other municipalities, such as Lo Espejo (9), Melipilla (8), Quillota (6), El Bosque (5) and Lampa (5). The rest comes from small numbers in different municipalities of Chile.

People who are willing to go back do so for personal family reasons, some of them have not found a job, others have been victims of insecurity or have no money simply to pay for the trip. The Haitians registered in this plan of humanitarian return can take with them goods acquired in Chile. Luggages must not  exceed 23 kilos. They must sign a form in front of a notary that includes a clause noting that beneficiaries of the humanitarian return program will not be able to return to Chile in the next nine years.

Source: Canal 13 (Santiago, Chile)






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