Chile deports hundreds of Haitians

Nearly 105,000 Haitians flocked to Chile in 2017 — the equivalent of 1 percent of the Caribbean country's population.

SANTIAGO – Chile has deported nearly 240 Haitians after they were found to be in possession of false statements and documents on entering the South American country.

Between March 2 and 5, 2018, Chile’s Investigative Police (PDI) refused entry to Chilean territory to 239 Haitian citizens, with 169 Haitians being turned away at the Santiago Airport after they provided false information about their stay and hotel reservations.

Ninety of them had traveled on the airline ONE; 62 on Latin American Wings (LAW); and 17 on Copa Airlines. They were deported to Haiti on Tuesday.

Last weekend, the Chilean authorities refused another group of 70 Haitians based on the same reasons.

“These people all had reservations in the same hotel,” the PDI said, adding that the deportation in this case meets “a normal procedure when a person does not meet the requirements to enter the country in accordance with the Immigration Act.”

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Official figures show that more than 150,000 Haitians have arrived in Chile since 2016 as “tourists”, with 80 per cent of them remaining in the South American country illegally.

Nearly 105,000 Haitians flocked to Chile in 2017 — the equivalent of 1 percent of the Caribbean country’s population.

Haitians does not need a visa to visit Chile as a tourist as long as the stay does not exceed 90 days. However, the person must prove that he or she has sufficient financial resources for his stay and proof of the address where he will stay.

“Chile, like many other countries, constantly assesses the requirements for the entry of foreigners into its territory, this is part of Sovereign allocations from each State and new measures are regularly adopted for the entry of nationals of different countries according to the situation,” Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela said at the time.

According to official data, there would be just over 500,000 immigrants – Peruvians, Bolivians, Colombians, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Dominicans, Haitians and Venezuelans – in Chile.