PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 100 additional people have been deported to Haiti from neighboring Dominican Republic after an elderly Dominican couple was killed, a spokesman for a Haitian migrant advocacy group said Monday.
The number of Haitians and people of Haitian descent who’ve been expelled has reached 354, said Josue Michel, a spokesman for the Group for Repatriates and Refugees. Authorities had reported at least 244 people expelled as of Sunday.
The expulsions follow violence that engulfed the town of Neiba in the southwestern corner of the Dominican Republic. The couple was slain last week during an apparent burglary near the border between the two countries and a Dominican mob retaliated by killing a Haitian man.
Migrant advocates say many of the deported people went to a police station seeking refuge, and that some of them volunteered to leave the country because they feared being victims of mob violence. Others left because the Dominican authorities rounded them up in the streets, migrant advocates added.
Dominican police issued a statement saying the people weren’t expelled from the country, but rather went to the police station because they feared reprisals and asked authorities to escort them to the border so they could cross it themselves.
There have been no additional reports of people being killed in Neiba.