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Haitian migrants return home from Chile

November 09, 2018 00:00:00

SANTIAGO: Haitian migrants waving as they board a Chilean military plane taking them back to Haiti at the Military Air Base in Santiago on Wednesday — AFP

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov 08 (AFP): Chile's military on Wednesday returned to their home country a first group of destitute Haitian migrants as part of a broader repatriation plan.

The 184 migrants that landed in Port-au-Prince expressed satisfaction in being back on their island though they knew conditions had not improved.

"We cannot find work in Chile," said a young woman as she disembarked from the plane, having spent two years in the South American country. "The living conditions are worse than in Haiti," she added.

A thousand Haitians have enrolled in the plan by Chilean government, which provides them with a military plane for the return trip.

Only 70,000 of the 200,000 Haitians currently living in Chile hold papers entitling them to stay in Chile indefinitely.

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