After the January 12 disaster in Haiti, government took a decision to give Haitian nationals living in Dominica a six-month grace period to regularize their stay.
That move has caused some fears amongst some persons who fear an influx of Haitians into the country. Callers on radio talk shows have also expressed concern that Haitians may enter here with criminal intentions as well.
However, Prime Minister Skerrit dispelled the notion that there is an influx of Haitians in the country, saying “there are laws and they have not been broken or repealed. There are laws and they will continue to be recognized. We took a decision to allow the Haitians to have peace of mind, especially those living here who were affected by the situation”.
Skerrit described the decision as a “humanitarian action”.