June 8, 2009

Migration tension for Caricom summit



Sunday, June 07, 2009

AMID the controversies in some Caricom jurisdictions over problems facing migrants of the Community and intra-regional movement of skilled labour, the head of government with lead responsibility for "Labour and free movement", Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt, remains deafeningly silent.


The public silence of the Dominican prime minister stands in sharp contrast to the positions and statements of some other heads of government, among them the prime ministers of Barbados, The Bahamas, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the president of Guyana.

However, come next month, when the 30th annual Heads of Government Conference takes place in Georgetown, the leaders can hardly avoid discussing the spreading problems affecting migrants of the Community and related claims of pressures on domestic social services in some jurisdictions, foremost being Barbados, which last Tuesday enforced a six-month amnesty period for illegal migrants to regularise their status, or face deportation...

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