Haitians repatriated

Following a three-month delay, 75 Haitians were repatriated to Port-au-Price, Haiti, the Department of Immigration confirmed on Friday.

The group included 67 men and eight women.

The repatriation flight, which departed just after 1 p.m., comes just over one week after unrest erupted at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre as Haitians demanded to be returned to Haiti.

The migrants reportedly engaged in a hunger strike in an effort to get their message across.

“This repatriation was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Department of Immigration said in a statement today.

“The department will continue its commitment to carrying out the mandates of our agency to combat illegal migration by establishing effective border control management in compliance with the statute laws of our country.”

The flight was operated by Bahamasair.

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