Monday, 6 February, 2023

More than 100 Haiti migrants land in Florida

More than 100 Haitian migrants landed in southern Florida Tuesday on board a sailing boat, the latest in a wave of migration to the southern US state, local media said.

The boat had left northwest Haiti on Friday, said one of the passengers quoted by the Miami Herald.

The US Border Patrol confirmed on Twitter that "a sailing vessel involving a large number of migrants made landfall" in Key Largo, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Miami, without specifying their nationality.

The Miami Herald reported there were more than a hundred people on board, while NBC Miami put the number at around 200.

The Florida Keys, an archipelago off the southern tip of the state, have received hundreds of migrants in recent days, mostly Cubans.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has been mired in an economic, political and security crisis for years, aggravated by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021 and the growing influence of criminal gangs.