This means up to 200,000 people are in legal limbo and stateless – not recognised as a citizen by any country – and denied the basic rights most people take for granted.
In recent weeks, long queues of stateless people, the vast majority of Haitian descent, have formed at immigration offices in the capital Santo Domingo waiting to apply for residency permits before the Feb. 1 deadline.
“At the stroke of midnight the hopes of tens of thousands of vulnerable people will be scuppered as this deadline expires. This could leave thousands at risk of possible expulsion from the country,” Erika Guevara, Americas director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
“Even if these people are able to stay in the Dominican Republic after the deadline expires, their futures are woefully uncertain.”
The Dominican government has said changes to the nationality laws aim to tackle illegal migration from neighouring Haiti. via Trust.org