The Bahamas intercepted a boat clandestinely transporting 76 Haitian immigrants

Posted by AP on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Under: Migration
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The Navy of the Bahamas reported on Sunday that it stopped a boat that was transporting clandestinely to 76 Haitian migrants.

It is the second group of migrants from that Caribbean nation that has been intercepted at sea by the Bahamas Navy in the last two weeks.

The 76 people were traveling in a boat about 40 feet (13 meters) in length and were intercepted the day before about 20 miles (12.5 kilometers) west of the chain of islands Exuma, between the archipelago of Bahamas and Cuba, said the Navy in a statement dated in Nassau.

He added that the migrants were made available to the migration authorities for possible repatriation.

Previously, the Bahamas Navy arrested another 87 Haitians while traveling clandestinely in a boat near the island of Inagua, the southernmost region of the Bahamas and the closest to the northern coast of Haiti.

Hundreds of Haitians risk their lives by traveling in fragile boats to the Bahamas in search of work, despite the fact that the authorities of the archipelago have warned that they will deport all foreigners who do not have a residence permit as of January 1, 2018.

According to estimates of the International Organization for Migration, there were nearly 70,000 Haitians in the Bahamas in 2014, of whom some 50,000 lacked a residence permit.

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