The Haitian migration experience is one that should be considered in a broader context to avoid the easy stigmatization that shows regularly in the news as the Haitians being the people in need and at the bottom of the social and political international hierarchy. This agency’s efforts is one of many trying to show what happens with those marginalized under the burden of “relief efforts” and philanthropy when nobody is watching.
A United Nations refugee agency is calling for better asylum screening practices for Haitian migrants intercepted at sea, the Associated Press reports.
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement Monday that more than 180 Haitians were intercepted in the Caribbean this month. The agency said it wasn’t aware of any Haitian migrant who was given an asylum screening.
A spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said any migrant picked up at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard and who shows fear of being returned home is able to speak with a USCIS officer. This is to see if there’s a credible fear for persecution or torture.
Hundreds of Haitians are intercepted at sea each year as they try to flee their homeland for the Bahamas or Florida.
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