More than 13,000 Haitian migrants returned home despite violence (IOM)

April, 8,2024

Geneva, Switzerland

Some 13,000 Haitian migrants were forcibly returned home by neighboring states in March despite the catastrophic humanitarian and security situation, the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday.

That’s 46% more than the previous month, notes the IOM in a statement, which adds that 3,000 of them received humanitarian assistance on their return and 1,200 are benefiting from psychosocial support.

“For most Haitians, the prospect of regular migration remains an insurmountable obstacle, leaving irregular migration as the only semblance of hope”, notes the organization.

Obtaining a passport alone can take “months or even more than a year”, which prevents the use of regular emigration channels, such as humanitarian visas, insists the IOM.

It notes a worrying trend, particularly among the population exhausted by repeated displacements: “cases of suicidal tendencies which were once a taboo subject, but are now increasingly frequently revealed”.

According to the IOM, Haiti has more than 360,000 internally displaced persons, “many of them repeatedly”.

The country had a total population of 11.6 million in 2022, according to UN figures.

The country has been ravaged for decades by poverty, natural disasters and political instability.

Since late February, powerful Haitian gangs have joined forces to attack police stations, prisons, the airport and the seaport, with the aim of ousting Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who finally resigned.

But the transitional commission has been slow to get up and running, which is holding up the arrival of the multinational force that is to assist the Haitian police – who are completely overwhelmed – in restoring order.

Humanitarian workers “are facing unprecedented security challenges, and must weigh the imperative of delivering aid against the harsh reality of the personal risk involved and the difficulties of travel”, explains Philippe Branchat, IOM’s head in Haiti.

Martin Griffiths, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator, released $12 million from an emergency fund this Thursday, April 04, 2024 to tackle the crisis.

“Incessant gang violence has displaced 50,000 people (out of Port-au-Prince in March editor’s note), plunged 5 million people into acute hunger and weakened an already fragile health system”, he notes on social network X.

In Geneva, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that, among other things, urges UN member states and all stakeholders “to continue to support the measures and efforts of the Government of Haiti to combat armed gang violence and the illicit sale, import and circulation of firearms, and to ensure respect for human rights in Haiti”.

Haitian leaders finally reached a political agreement yesterday, Monday April 08, to form a 22-month presidential transitional council to restore order to this Caribbean country plagued by gang violence.

Humaniterre with AFP


the online magazine

Similar items

Pas de pauvreté

Éliminer la pauvreté sous toutes ses formes et partout dans le monde.

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms and everywhere.


Éliminer la faim, assurer la sécurité alimentaire, améliorer la nutrition et promouvoir l’agriculture durable.

Zero hunger

Éliminer la faim, assurer la sécurité alimentaire, améliorer la nutrition et promouvoir l’agriculture durable.

Bonne santé et bien-être

Assurer une vie saine et promouvoir le bien-être pour tous à tout âge.

Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Education de qualité

Assurer une éducation de qualité exclusive et équitable et promouvoir les possibilités d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie pour tous.

Quality education

Ensure exclusive and equitable  quality education and promote lifelong learnig opportunities for all.

égalité entre les sexes

Assurer l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation de toutes les femmes et les filles.

Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Eau propre et assainissement

Assurer la disponibilité et la gestion durable de l’eau et de l’assainissement pour tous.

Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Energie propre et D’un coût abordable

Assurer l’accès à une énergie abordable, fiable, durable et moderne pour tous.

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Travail décent et croissance économique

Promouvoir une croissance économique soutenue, inclusive et durable, le plein emploi productif et un travail décent pour tous.

Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Industrie, innovation et infrastructure

Construire des infrastructures résilientes, promouvoir une industrialisation inclusive et durable et encourager l’innovation.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Inégalités réduites

Réduire les inégalités entre les pays et au sein des pays.

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequalities among and within countries.

Ville et communautés durables

Rendre les villes et les établissements humains inclusifs, sûrs, résiliants et durables.

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Consommation et production responsable

Assurer des modes de consommation et de production durables.

Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Mesure relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques

Prendre des mesures urgentes pour lutter contre le changement climatique et ses impacts.

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Vie aquatique

Conserver et utiliser durablement les océans, les mers et les ressources marines pour le développement durable.

Life below water

Conserve ans sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Vie Terrestre

Protéger, restaurer et promouvoir l’utilisation durable des écosystèmes terrestres, gérer durablement les forêts, lutter contre la désertification, stopper et inverser la dégradation des sols et mettre un terme à la perte de biodiversité.

Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Paix, justice et institutions efficaces

Promouvoir des sociétés pacifiques et inclusives pour le développement durable, assurer l’accès à la justice pour tous et mettre en place des institutions efficaces, responsables et inclusives à tous les niveaux.

Peace, justice, and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Partenariats pour la réalisation des Objectifs

Renforcer les moyens de mise en œuvre et revitaliser le partenariat mondial pour le développement durable.

Partnerships for the goals

Strenghen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.