Luis Abinader

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The Dominican Republic announces a plan for Haiti border fence
Dominican Republic / Haiti border in 2012
Dominican Republic / Haiti border in 2012 Credit: Alex Proimos (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Dominican Republic will begin constructing a fence along its 376-kilometre border with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade, President Luis Abinader announced on Saturday. Abinader said the barrier would help curb illegal immigration, drugs and the flow of stolen vehicles between the two countries, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

"In a period of two years, we want to put an end to the serious problems of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and the movement of stolen vehicles," Abinader said in a presentation to Congress.

It is estimated that about 500,000 Haitian migrants are living in the country - many of them there illegally.