The government of the Dominican Republic decreed this Thursday that the land on which it is planned to build a wall on the border with Haiti is of public utility and may be expropriated if the State does not reach agreements with the owners.
The State may “obtain the expropriation” of these properties “in the event that an amicable agreement is not reached with the owner,” says article 2 of the rule.
In that circumstance, “the Ministry of Defense will carry out all acts, procedures and resources, both ordinary and extraordinary, in accordance with the laws”, to carry out the expropriations.
Decree 292/22 declared “of public utility and social interest” a strip of 200 linear meters from the border to Dominican territory, according to the Sputnik news agency.
The perimeter wall will extend along the 391.6 kilometers of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haitithe only two countries that share the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean Sea.
The construction of the wall was symbolically inaugurated by the Dominican president, Luis Abinader, on February 20.
The president maintained that that work will benefit both your country and Haiti, by allowing the regulation of cross-border migratory and commercial flows.