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Newsline: Haitians tell their embassy in Dominican Republic to cut the red tape

To the beat of a gaga rhythm and waving banners with their demands, dozens of Haitians protested outside the Haitian embassy in the Dominican Republic, alleging that they’ve already paid for all the documents needed to request Dominican residency but have yet to receive any. Group spokesman Christophe Leonard said around 98,000 applications were submitted for the Dominican government program to regularize foreigners, but have yet to receive any response not even from 5% of the requests. For all of the three documents: birth certificate, ID card and passport, the Haitian government decided to charge RD$1,000. To mark International Migrants Day the protesters gathered in front of the embassy, where they denounced that despite having paid those documents have not been delivered.



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