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Federal Government and Haiti agree to repatriate migrants settled in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — Authorities from the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Relations (SRE) agreed with representatives of the Republic of Haiti to initiate the voluntary assisted return of migrants established in Mexico to their country of origin.

Based on the above, a first group with 70 Haitian migrants who were settled in Mexico City, State of Mexico, Hidalgo and Tabasco were transferred from Villahermosa, Tabasco to the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Of the 70, 41 were men, 16 women and 13 minors, according to a statement from Segob.

The return of the Haitians is part of the agreements made on September 21, at the National Institute of Migration (INM) between representatives of the government of Mexico and Haiti, in order to meet the needs of the Haitians located in Mexico.

“In this way, the commitment to a safe, orderly and regular migration is endorsed with full respect and safeguarding of human rights, as well as to strengthen ties of cooperation between the Government of Mexico and other nations,” says the document.

Earlier this week, INM announced that Mexico will resume assisted return flights of Haitian migrants from two southern cities to their country starting next week.

On Friday, thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, were evicted from a mass border camp between the cities of Del Rio in Texas and Ciudad Acuña in Mexico.

Some of the 15,000 migrants were deported by plane to Port-au-Prince, others remain in the United States and some returned to Mexico where they are contemplating to stay in the country or return to Haiti.

In the south of the country, thousands more are crowding as they seek to move north in search of a better life after their homeland fell into economic, political and social chaos.

“It was agreed to reactivate assisted return flights from Tapachula, Chiapas and Villahermosa, Tabasco to Port-au-Prince, Haiti starting the following week and for those who voluntarily wish to return to their country,” said the INM.