Resettlement and Processing of Haitian Refugees


  • Wendy Young Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children



United States, Haitian refugees, resettlement, refugee status determination, interdiction


Political violence and human rights abuses are escalating in Haiti, as the country’s nascent democracy deteriorates. Already, the United States and countries in the Caribbean region are developing and implementing policies designed to deter and prevent the arrival of Haitian asylum seekers, despite the fact that the flow of asylum seekers has not yet significantly increased from past years. This paper raises concerns about the failure of the United States to offer protection to Haitian refugees and proposes the implementation of a resettlement program as a partial solution to this systemic failure. The paper endorses the concept of in-country processing of Haitian refugees if done with significant safeguards to prevent further abuses against such applicants.


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How to Cite

Young, W. (2003). Resettlement and Processing of Haitian Refugees. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 21(4), 63–65.

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