During the five-day meeting, which started September 2nd in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, high level officials from Brazil and Haiti will discuss the increased migration of Haitians to Brazil, following the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
The purpose of the meeting is to identify mechanisms for bilateral cooperation between Brazil and Haiti to strengthen regular migration channels, to improve information flows and provide the greatest possible protection for migrants.
This includes identifying ways to combat trafficking and smuggling of migrants, creating systems to inform those interested in migrating, and improving cooperation and coordination between the authorities of the two countries to manage these flows.
Denis Watson, Director of Political Affairs of Haiti’s Foreign Ministry is hosting the meeting. Rodrigo Amaral Souza, Director of Immigration and Judicial Affairs of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is heading the Brazilian delegation. via – International Organization for Migration