Canadian deportations to Haiti suspended


The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Friday that  it is suspending any pending deportation of native Haitians to their homeland  because of escalating violence  in Haiti.

A CBSA spokesperson was unable to say how long the suspension would last.

For  more than a week, Haiti has been torn by violent social unrest, with protesters calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Multiple deaths have been reported during demonstrations fuelled by public anger. The protests have succeeded in paralyzing much of the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa on Friday that the government is deeply concerned about what’s going on in Haiti.

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Global Affairs said it upgraded its advisory for Haiti late Thursday due to ongoing civil unrest throughout the country.

The notice warns that the “security situation could further deteriorate quickly” and that people should “consider leaving by commercial means while they are available.”

The Canadian government issued a new advisory for Haiti late Thursday, saying Canadians should avoid all travel to the Caribbean country.

Global Affairs Canada said it heightened its advisory due to ongoing civil unrest throughout the country. The notice warns that the “security situation could further deteriorate quickly” and that people should “consider leaving by commercial means while they are available