July 25, 2021

UNHCR highlights the advances of the Dominican Republic in immigration matters

UNHCR highlights the advances of the Dominican Republic in immigration matters

Regional representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed their satisfaction with the progress made in the Dominican Republic in migration matters, the Ministry of the Interior and Police (MIP) said in a statement today.

This was stated by the members of the international organization to the director of the Ministerial Cabinet of the MIP, Elcido Rafael Amarante, during a meeting held yesterday and which was reported today, to discuss issues related to the National Regularization Plan for Foreigners (PNRE), the Law 169-14 on Special Naturalization and on migration in the Caribbean.

The UNHCR representatives are proposing meetings with other government institutions involved in naturalization and migration, and reiterated their support for the Dominican Republic to continue responding to the hundreds of cases of immigrants.

The National Regularization Plan for Foreigners (PNRE) in irregular migratory situation in the Dominican Republic began in June 2014.

And its objective was to provide identity documents and permission to stay to foreign nationals who were residing irregularly in the country.

The PNRE was launched after a controversial sentence handed down in 2013 by the Dominican Constitutional Court (TC), which denies citizenship to the children of undocumented foreigners.

According to data from the First National Survey of Immigrants (ENI-2012), there are 524,632 foreigners residing in the Dominican Republic, of which 87.3% are from neighboring Haiti.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the United Nations agency charged with protecting refugees and displaced persons from persecution or conflict.

It also promotes durable solutions to migratory situations through voluntary resettlement in their country of origin or host country.

Last year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) included the Dominican Republic in chapter IV of the report known as the "black list", which includes countries where human rights violations require "special attention" from the this organism.

Subsequently, in March 2018, the Caribbean country was removed from this relationship, a decision with which the autonomous organization of the Organization of American States (OAS) recognized the progress of the nation in human rights and the commitment of the Dominican Government to continue working in the pending challenges.


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