In-Country Refugee Processing of Haitians: The Case Against

Authors

  • Bill Frelick Amnesty International USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.21310

Keywords:

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

Abstract

Reviewing past experience with in-country processing in Haiti and its links to American interdiction policies, as well as the history of Cuban migration to the United States, this paper argues against in-country processing for Haitian refugees. The paper asserts that in-country processing in Haiti in the early 1990s was a failure, and arguably was used as a justification for returning to persecution far more people than it saved. The very existence of a small aperture through which relatively few selected individuals will be able to pass for legal admission to the United States is likely to erode the rights of many more Haitian asylum seekers seeking to leave spontaneously and, in particular, to serve to rationalize migration control measures that seriously compromise the fundamental principles of refugee law.

Published

2003-12-01

How to Cite

Frelick, B. (2003). In-Country Refugee Processing of Haitians: The Case Against. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 21(4), 66–72. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.21310