More Haitian migrants repatriated from The Bahamas

According to statistics, 1,093 Haitian migrants have already been apprehended here for the year.

Haitian Migrants Sent Back to Haiti


NASSAU, The Bahamas, Wednesday December 28, 2011 - Some 244 Haitian migrants discovered in a 60-foot wooden boat close to The Bahamas just days ago have been sent home.

Director of Immigration Jack Thompson said the 187 men, 54 women and three children did not test positive for cholera.

“They were in good condition from our standpoint. There were one or two persons who were dehydrated but they were overall in good health,” he told the Nassau Guardian newspaper.

Sub-Lieutenant of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Origin Deleveaux, said the number of Haitians seeking to enter the country illegally spikes during December because some believe surveillance is lax during the festive season.

“We step up patrols around this time because this is when a lot of them make that trip and attempt to land in The Bahamas,” he said.

According to statistics, 1,093 Haitian migrants have already been apprehended here for the year.

This compares to 718 caught in 2009, and 1,258 apprehended in 2010.

Haitian President Michel Martelly has asked citizens to “stay off the high seas in boats at risk, thus endangering their lives in the desperate purpose to go illegally to a new home in search of opportunities.”

His appeal came after the bodies of 38 Haitian migrants were found dead just off the eastern tip of Cuba.

Cuban authorities said the boat carrying the migrants began taking in water and got stranded at sea. Another 87 people were rescued.

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