Haitian community asked to help stop illegal movement of Haitians from Dominica

A boatload of Haitian migrants

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the Haitian community to assist the government in eliminating illegal movements of Haitians leaving the island.

“As you know we have tried to facilitate the Haitian community, they are our brothers and sisters, they are our CARICOM brothers and sisters as well, we have quite a number of them here, many of them are engaged in constructive activities that are all aiding the economy of Dominica, they are providing labour in a number of sectors in the economy and we appreciate their presence in Dominica,” he said.

According to him, the vast majority of Haitian nationals are law abiding citizens, “they respect the laws of Dominica.”

“But you will also agree that there are some who engage in activities that place Dominica in some difficulty especially those who leave our shores illegally and go into Guadeloupe and Martinique, and St Maarten,” he remarked.

He continued, “That is something I would like the Haitian community to assist us in eliminating.”

He believes that if this can be eliminated it will place a greater level of trust and confidence in his government further facilitating the Haitian brothers and sisters in Dominica.

“I think if we can address this issue then one could maybe get longer term work permits rather than the shorter term work permits which they are currently getting,” he stated.

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48 Comments

  1. RastarMarn
    June 29, 2020

    LOL but wait nuh thought Dominica was land of Plenty and all that Investment Bizniss,,,

    Wonder why would them Haitians risk it all to get as far from DA as possible???

    Skerrit Garçon leave them people make their move!!!

    Is because dey see what mistake dey made by accepting your bogus offer for dem to come help you take back office fraudulently,,,

  2. Garvey
    June 27, 2020

    Skerrit is using that to his benefit Dominica is not a thriving economy a country with a high rate of unemployment and you bring in a set ah people to compete for the same low wages,It created a tension in the society. Skerritt don’t care he will use the Haitians for his illegal voting machine.

  3. Lin clown
    June 27, 2020

    IBOO,there are many Dominicans who left a very good life in Dominica,and went to the USA.Some of these Dominicans drug addicts,habitual criminals,murderere,thieves,parros and vagabonds.A large number of our Dominicans are single mothers they get pregnant,giving up their bodies for promise of a better life.Some get married to CRIMINALS with the hope of getting citizensip which they never got.The reason a large number of Dominicans are not returning is because,after years overseas they have FAILED.You know what happens when a DOMINICAN go overseas and return with nothing.We look down on them and treat them like DOGS.For these reasons Failed Dominicans,prefere to stay overseas and DIE IN POVERTY they are too ashamed to return.We in Dominica are living a much better life.STRESS FREE.I am a Dominican American,who has paid American taxes.The type of house I have I would NEVER be able to build in America.Land tax in New York is about $3,000 a year on a Small property.Dominica is the best.

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 29, 2020

      Lin Clown, are you suggesting that America is only New York? There are many other States where one can buy or build bigger houses than in New York for a lot less money. Dominica might be stress-free for you but not so for a lot of other citizens. The Cancer and Diabetes, rates in Dominica are very high compared to America. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dominica too but man, speak truth to power and don’t paint pie in the sky.

  4. de Observer
    June 26, 2020

    The heartlessness of Dominicans is became very obvious by many of these comments and postings that would be considered to be synonymously representative of devil worship.

    Remember, many of those of you who are writing these nasty comments, you too have your hands stretched out begging for a barrel…. Guada and SM, not even counting many other, would practically be empty if their governments would do the same to Dominicans in their countries.

  5. Man bites dogs
    June 26, 2020

    These second hand clowns followers of the opposition joker 🃏 are all the same thick as a plank of wood not one of those idiots knows the meaning of the word CARICOM in which Haiti is a member so is Dominica, there was a time when Dominicans was involved in lots of criminal activities in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua, St Maarten, St Lucia giving Dominica a bad name so shut up you dam so-called Workers clowns always on the nasty negative and nothing positive very very sad animals the problem is most of that crap is coming from Dominicans leaving in America in bad circumstances and wicked little people.

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  6. Original
    June 26, 2020

    it’s a known fact that the Haitians leave as fast as they arrive here, yet they are being facilitated by who?

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  7. Ibo France
    June 26, 2020

    @KID WITH A MENTAL BLOCK

    Your defense for the grotesque exploitation of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere is ludicrous. You are condoning man’s inhumanity to man. This is unsurprising as it is typical of DLP’s soulless diehards.

    KID, stop trying to defend the indefensible with your thoughtless remarks. You sound as though you have serious mental issues. Have you stopped visiting your family psychiatrist?

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  8. Chances
    June 26, 2020

    The Haitians are not the ones to be blamed it’s our very own dominicans .we have be doing illegal transportation to these islands way before the Haitians started coming to Dominica. We should not be asking the Haitian community to help but we should hold dominicans accountable and punish them for their actions. The villagers the police the opposition and the government knows exactly who are the ones transporting them to these islands so deal with them

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  9. weh
    June 26, 2020

    Mr Pm You weren’t complaining about the Haitians when they were coming in by the planeloads before elections to vote for you, why are you complaining about them now?

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  10. Straight talk
    June 25, 2020

    Truth, the issue is not about Hations coming to Dominica and work; is about they using Dominica to facilitate their elegal entry in other countries.

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  11. Hoof, hoof HOOF
    June 25, 2020

    Skerrit brought them here to vote for him and some came through backdoor, airport, bwaflow, pweepwee no matter how they came. Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Maarten were always concerned about that. But election was close so Skerrid said NOTHING! Now mission accomplished, some of them voted in more than one voting booth and now Skerrit talking? Some of them even got drown and only now the Skerrit hoof,hoof, hoofing

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    • Man bites dogs
      June 26, 2020

      @Hoof poof, I don’t know how old you are but please grow up get a life learn something sensible stop listening to all that ridiculous rubbish and scandalism from Q 95 radio station.

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      • Toto
        June 27, 2020

        There was a terrorist that kill three innocent people with knife in Reading , England last weekend. His name is Khairi, that is very chilling I find. Coincidence? The only thing missing is fm, f….ng mad that is.

  12. Truth be Told
    June 25, 2020

    But Mr. Prime Minister it was you who said that Dominica has a long culture and tradition of travelling through the back door! So please do not blame Haitians for a problem that Dominica already had long before the Haitians arrived.

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  13. The Truth Be Told
    June 25, 2020

    Hello everyone! Dop you have short memory? Our people emigrated to the UK, Curacoa, Aruba,Antigua, St Thomas, Switzerland, Gauadeloupe, Martinique amongst many other places in the 60’s. We were sent monies by our people for survival. That is what the haitians are doing and no one should say anything for we were in the same boat previously. What we should be doing is thanking God for uplifting us and for our nation being one where others can come for working, refuge, to help their family back home. Let us love. Haiti is caribbean! Lest we forget our history. Remember our time past.

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    • Jayson
      June 25, 2020

      Just because 40 years ago I used to stoop down and defecate on the shoreline of the beach late in the night, does not mean it was the right thing to do, and I should condone others to continue the practice. Haiti’s problem is its leadership. Caricom needs to help Haiti resolve the issue which is causing its men and women to migrate.

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      • Baby girl
        June 25, 2020

        There are to many of them now

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        • My name
          June 25, 2020

          Immigration has to control this too..Dominica is like a free port.
          Visa restrictions has to be tough.
          Too many coming in

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      • Peace
        June 25, 2020

        And who is going to help Dominica? Last time I checked our number export is our human resource. I would bet that most people responding to this are out of Dominica. When you leave, something or someone must take your place.

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      • Weighing The Whole Matter
        June 26, 2020

        Jayson, garcon I am also guilty of illegal dumping on shoreline back in the day. I agree with you regarding Dominica’s Haitian dilemma.

        I believe it is not a binary choice when it comes to extending a welcoming and hospital hand to the Haitians while allowing them to migrate elsewhere. The government of Dominica can help our Caribbean brothers and sisters navigate both paths by ensuring the existence of a fully viable and transparent emigration and immigration directive that the Haitians and all other citizens and non-citizens of this land must adhere to. In the absence of such a policy, chaos will be the order of the day.

        This is a common challenge for all sovereign nations which must be able walk and chew gum at same time to protect their borders and reputatation.

        • Toto
          June 27, 2020

          Boy, mr. Skerrit Love woolly socialists like you. He loves them to death.

    • Man bites dogs
      June 25, 2020

      Truth, I don’t always agree with you on certain issues but this time you’re spot – on 👍or accurate you have my vote.

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      • Nkrumah Kwame
        June 26, 2020

        “I think if we can address this issue then one could maybe get longer term work permits rather than the shorter term work permits which they are currently getting”.
        These words are in quotation marks in the last paragraph of the DNO article. It means that he did pronounce them. Right?
        Isn’t this a clear case of the offer of a bribe, that in legal jargon is called a “quid pro quo”??? The same thing for which president Trump was IMPEACHED?
        I really can’t believe it. The head of a state, unashamedly, and brazenly doing this?
        Sir, to have the thought is already wrong, but to state it PUBLICLY, requires public condemnation. I read this several times to ensure that I wasn’t mistaken or that it wasn’t a typo.
        How dare you??? :twisted: 8-O 8-O .Draw your own conclusions.
        That’s all I will say on this one.
        Damn!!
        HOTEP!

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    • Toto
      June 25, 2020

      You talking crap, seriously. All those places had jobs for our people and they were not looking to use it as a place to go somewhere else. What’s happening in Dominica is plain human trafficking brother. We do not even have enough jobs for our own people. This is gangster business going on in our country very simple.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 25, 2020

      @The Truth be told, these Haitians are given Dominica a bad reputation and a bad name. When Dominicans migrated in the past they didn’t give Dominica, not the country they migrated to a bad rap. If they migrate to Dominica from Haiti why don’t they stay here? Skerritt must answer this question and address it.

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    • Dawg
      June 25, 2020

      You do not sound smart. There were always criteria.

      • Lin Clown
        June 27, 2020

        Hoof Hoof,you are just another UWP JACKA,to vote in Dominica one MUST REGISTER.If theHaitians vote without being registered,UWP is a bigger JACKA than you.

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        • Toto
          June 28, 2020

          Clown, you never hear of impersonation, that is voting in somebody name that is not your own or that person even dead.Trust me that happen too brother and that means these voters did not register. Your argument holding water like a basket.

  14. Shaka zulu
    June 25, 2020

    “I think if we can address this issue then one could maybe get longer term work permits rather than the shorter term work permits which they are currently getting,” he stated. Now skershit is asking Haitian community for help and suggestions of rewards. This is the culture of bribery the PM is involved in. If there is illegal activity then the police especially immigration, coast guard and customs need to do their darn work. How about cancel all work permits and when they get here on flights send them back. That will solve the problem. You dont want stop anything. Thats just lip service and more marginalization of Dominicans

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    • Man bites dogs
      June 25, 2020

      Shaka, Sometimes you guys talk from your rear ends the Haitians is doing nothing different from what is happening all around the world today from Mexico to America, illegal movement coming in from France into the UK, Europe has the same problem Spain only 9 miles away from Africa again big problem even from South America to Spain it is a hard world people looking for a better way of life, and also Dominica has it citizens allover this planet earth 🌍 I would not be surprised if they were on Mars too. Come to think of it your so-called opposition joker looks like an alien out of Mars this guy always freak me out whenever I see him.

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      • stupes
        June 25, 2020

        Dogs you really wear your ignorance like a badge of honor.

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        • Man bites dogs
          June 26, 2020

          @Stupes, Ya man I know the difference between you and I what I have achieved in life for my family you my friend could never come close unless by luck you win a big lottery even then you would know how to invest properly it wouldn’t lasted a year.

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  15. kcv
    June 25, 2020

    Mr PM you made a statement previously that it was part of our “culture” for people to enter DA through the back door. Why all of a sudden are you contradicting your earlier statement?

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  16. Pipo
    June 25, 2020

    He could easily address that by not allowing Haitians to come into our country in the first place, knowing full well that most times that is not their final destination. But no, he is quite happy for them to pay their US.$ 100 largant chess knowing that he does not have to refund them when they disappear through the back door, making more cash money again for his friends in the north of the island. Meanwhile we get the back end of the tail from Guadeloupe and St. Maarten. Let’s call a spade a spade, we are exploiting these people. Do black lives matter or not? We are a bunch of hypocrites.

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    • DC
      June 25, 2020

      You are the biggest hypocrite and threat to people of color, when suggesting that we should close our borders to the Haitians. They deserve the right to free movement just like any other Caribbean National. Shame on you! I stand in solidarity with my Haitians. One love!

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    • Baby girl
      June 25, 2020

      Most of them when gaven our Passports they gun another country

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  17. Really ????????
    June 25, 2020

    A dam joke dat man? Who is transporting them? Cause they sure not swimming

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    • Man bites dogs
      June 25, 2020

      @Really, What the hell you trying to say with that pre-school comment make sense or keep quiet 🍼

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      • stupes
        June 25, 2020

        So what intelligent comment do you have to make dogs?

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      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        June 25, 2020

        @The Truth be told, these Haitians are given Dominica a bad reputation and a bad name. When Dominicans migrated in the past they didn’t give Dominica, not the country they migrated to a bad rap. If they migrate to Dominica from Haiti why don’t they stay here? Skerritt must answer this question and address it.

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  18. Ibo France
    June 25, 2020

    The exploitation of a severely poverty-stricken people (Haitians) by the government and unscrupulous employers is shameful. They don’t want to pay bona fide Dominicans a fair wage so they recruit the Haitians for cheap labour.

    Most Haitians only see Dominica as a temporary refuge as the living conditions in the country are unbearable. They then illegally migrate to greener pastures en masse.

    Dominica has become both a laughing stock and a basket case under Skerrit’s rudderless stewardship.

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    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      June 25, 2020

      Ibo MALAPROP France. referring to your first paragraph; why do you think the great USA is sending most of its products to be made in China? You and I know is because of cheap labor.
      Stop being that bias and stop portraying Dominica to be the worst place on the planet

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      • Toto
        June 26, 2020

        Kid your logic is like piss in the wind. Are Hatians making things here for sale in the US or Europe because it is cheaper? Man you not even laughable but totally ridiculous.

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  19. Iamanidiot
    June 25, 2020

    You know how vans have this, “metal thing” at the back to help you stand up on it to jump in the box? Dominica is this “metal thing”, Haitians stand up to jump up in the box of the van that is Guadeloupe, Martinique etc.
    Correct me if im wrong, didn’t Government stop issuing passports or visa (Cant remember which ) to Haitians? I guess reinstating that is the first step.

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  20. MAGWA CA
    June 25, 2020

    if you deport them as soon as they are found and then deport the people that are harboring them on island. the legal Haitians will then have to stop them coming in cause the legal ones will not want to be deported as well

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 25, 2020

      Well look it. Skerritt facilitated a number of Haitians coming into the country ,as part of the plan to inflate the numbers, so he can have more people vote for the Labour Party. These Haitians, even if they are better of in Dominica than in Haiti, don’t want to be permanently involved in an sick economy. They are taking away some of the few jobs available for Dominicans, who I’m sure to let them know of it. Since there are more opportunities in the more developed countries nearby, they leave by any means necessary. Now, what function does the coast guard play other than chase drugs on the open sea? Skerritt and Blackmore should use the coast guard to deter the backdoor exit of these Haitians by using modern technology. They can use drones to surveil the waters nearby or ensure that they can utilize satellite technology to discover the exit trips by those boats. Instead of pleading with the lawbreakers, Skerritt must lead and stop this damn illegal activity.

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  21. SMH
    June 25, 2020

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