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Migrant Returns and Reception Assistance in Haiti | Air and Sea | February 2022

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In February 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Haiti provided reception and post-arrival assistance to 1,613 adult and child migrants repatriated to Haiti by air to Port-au-Prince. This is in addition to nearly 20,000 migrants returned and assisted in 2021. Similar to 2021 and to the previous month of January 2022, the vast majority returned in February 2022 were returned by flight from the United States, while smaller proportions were returned by other countries and territories in the region.

Most returned migrants assisted by IOM were previously residing in Chile or Brazil - where several child returnees were born - and were returned by the United States after journeying northward. Smaller proportions of returnees migrated more recently, particularly through sea routes in the Caribbean. Those departing Haiti more recently report leaving due to a combination of factors, including lack of income and job opportunities, insufficient access to basic services, the impact of natural disasters (including the earthquake of 14 August 2021, which strongly impacted Haiti's southern departments), violence and insecurity, political instability and more.