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Dominican Republic fears refugee influx from Haiti

Dominican Republic fears refugee influx from Haiti
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Haiti’s walking wounded continue to make their way to neighbouring Dominican Republic, but strict controls have been put in place.

Santo Domingo has said it cannot cope with a large influx of refugees, preferring to help Haitians at the border.

This official said: ‘‘Yes we’re afraid of an invasion, that’s why we are being more strict on immigration.

‘‘If they come with the legal documents, they cross, if not they have to stay, unless they are injured, then they get the necessary help,’‘ he added.

A number of injured have reportedly been taken to hospital’s within the Dominican Republic, near the border and in the capital.

Many trucks and teams carrying humanitarian aid are also crossing into Haiti.