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Bahamas detains 78 migrants from Haiti near capital

March 12, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The Royal Bahamas Defense Force says it detained a large group of migrants from Haiti shortly after they landed by boat near the capital.

A Defense Force statement says the 78 migrants were captured early Thursday in southern New Providence. The island is the most populated in the Bahamas and is where the capital of Nassau is located.

The group of migrants consisted of 67 men, 10 women and one child.

Most migrants from Haiti detained in the Bahamas as sent back to their country. The Bahamas has sought over the past year to reduce illegal migration by imposing new restrictions on residency and work permits and increase maritime patrols.

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