BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (October 31st, 2019) (SKNIS)
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has repatriated a total of 49 Haitian migrants to their home country via chartered flights from Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.In arriving at this decision, the Government held discussions with Haiti’s government, the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), CARICOM Secretary-General His Excellency Irwin LaRocque, the local arm of the Red Cross, and the local Haitian Association.
On Sunday, October 20th, police and immigration officials detained 15 migrants after they arrived at the country’s shores by boat and attempted to check into a hotel without first clearing Immigration and Customs.  The migrants, consisting of 13 males and two females, one of whom is pregnant, said the boat that brought them to Basseterre, St. Kitts had left the island of Dominica where they had been living and working for a period of time.  They also told the St. Kitts-Nevis authorities that the boat had been destined for French St. Martin. However, according to the migrants, the captain of the boat left them in Basseterre, St. Kitts instead, telling them that they had reached their intended destination of French St. Martin.
Later in the week on Wednesday, October 23rd, the St. Kitts-Nevis Coast Guard assisted 34 Haitian migrants after their boat was reportedly in distress.  The Dutch Coast Guard, which was patrolling nearby St. Maarten and was first on the scene, radioed the St. Kitts-Nevis Coast Guard and requested its assistance in rescuing the migrants and taking them to safety to the nearest port, which was Basseterre, St. Kitts, in accordance with international standards.
Once rescued on that Wednesday night, the 27 males and seven females (one of whom is a juvenile and two of whom are pregnant) were detained along with the captain of the boat, who is from the