Fleeing wars in their own country, more than twenty refugees have sought asylum in Haiti, according to the UN

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Saturday, June 23, 2018 Under: Migration
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Like other countries, Haiti offers refuge to people fleeing wars and persecution in many parts of the world. This is what Junior Remy Mauvais, liaison officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in an interview with the newspaper on June 20 (World Refugee Day). According to him, these refugees, about twenty, are from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, etc. "These areas are plagued by conflict and persecution for religious reasons. The people concerned made their asylum application in Haiti. Some have already been granted refugee status. Others are still asylum seekers waiting for their applications to be approved, "he said.

Junior Rémy Mauvais did not wish to provide more information about these people, arguing protection reasons. Asked more about why these people have chosen Haiti, the least developed country in the Americas, Junior Rémy Mauvais makes two arguments. "Haiti offers migration facilities that some countries do not offer. Consular representations do not make many requirements for those wishing to obtain a visa from Haiti. This document can also be obtained on site in Haiti. In addition, we are a transit country to other countries, especially to the United States, "he said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees settled in Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake. "We are responsible for protecting refugees. Our mandate extends to refugees, but also to stateless people and IDPs, "said Junior Rémy Mauvais, noting that the organization began operations in Haiti after the signing of the headquarters agreement in 2014.

In Haiti, says Junior Rémy Mauvais, UNHCR works with the Haitian government on several aspects. "We are working with the authorities to welcome refugees from other countries to give them international protection. This small group of refugees that we have in Haiti comes under our jurisdiction because the government does not yet have a normative framework for the care of these people, "he said.

With the Haitian authorities, UNHCR works to prevent and reduce statelessness. In this sense, advance Mr. Mauvais, the Haitian Parliament had ratified, last March, the two conventions on statutes of stateless persons and the reduction of the cases of statelessness. "We are working with the government to reach a normative framework for refugee status determination," he said.

According to the UNHCR Liaison Officer, based on Article A of the 1951 Geneva Convention, a refugee is an individual who is forced to leave the community where he resides to seek protection in another country. "This individual is considered a refugee because he is persecuted because of his religion, ethnicity, political opinion, sexual orientation and so on. He explains, suggesting not to conflate migrants with refugees. "A migrant moves on his own in search of opportunities or for his well-being," he says.

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