The Dominican Republic says it will begin constructing a fence along borders with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade.
The country’s President, Luis Abinader said this on Saturday.
He said- “In a period of two years, we want to put an end to the serious problems of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and the movement of stolen vehicles.”
Construction of the border fence, whose cost has not been disclosed, will begin in the second half of 2021, Abinader said.
The barrier will include a double-fence in the “most conflictive” sections, along with motion sensors, facial recognition cameras and infrared systems, he added, speaking on the 177th anniversary of the country’s independence from Haiti.
According to government estimates, about 500,000 Haitian immigrants resided in the Dominican Republic as of 2018, along with tens of thousands of their children born in the Caribbean country.
A large part of the Haitian community, which makes up about 5% of the total population, does not have residency permits.

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