Why is Chile flying migrants back home?

Chile returned a planeload of immigrants to their native country on Wednesday in the first in a series of 'humanitarian flights' criticised by migrant groups as 'forced deportations'.

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    Chile has begun repatriating migrants who want to go home for free.

    The first and largest group are Haitians - with more than a thousand signed up to the programme.

    They are the first 176 beneficiaries of a government Humanitarian Repatriation Programme for migrants who can not afford to leave.

    They are being given a free flight home in exchange for not returning to Chile for at least nine years.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Santiago.


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