(CMR) Thirty-six Haitians, including nine children, who arrived in Jamaica by boat on Saturday were returned home Monday morning, 11 September.
The group of 36 Haitians, 18 men, 9 women, and 9 children, landed in Portland; however, unlike a group that arrived in the country in July, they were not given the chance to apply for asylum.
Thirty-seven Haitian migrants, including 24 men, five women, five girls, and three boys, arrived in Jamaica on July 10; however, they have remained in the country after applying for asylum.
According to the Jamaica Observer, the Ministry of National Security became aware of the group’s arrival and mobilized through the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Passport Citizenship and Immigration Agency, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the necessary measures to see to their safety and welfare needs.
“Following the completion of our immigration checks and security vetting, the group was denied entry. From the vetting process, it was found that there were members who had been previously removed from Jamaica for breaches of entry,” the ministry said.
The US also recently sent a deportation flight to Haiti after ordering citizens to leave the country.
Haiti has been dealing with severe violence and poor economic conditions, forcing many to flee their homeland.
There have been calls from several leaders, including Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, for intervention to bring back stability in the Caribbean nation.