July 6, 2009

St. Lucia PM suggest softer tone on immigration

Radio Jamaica, Thursday, 02 July 2009

St. Lucia's Prime Minister Stephenson King is urging CARICOM member states to imitate his country's soft approach to intra-regional immigration issues.

The St. Lucian leader says regional heads need to indicate whether they wish to proceed with Caribbean integration.

Mr. King gave his take on the way Barbados is handling the immigration issue.

"The position of Barbados is a little anxious, probably over anxious in its endeavor to demonstrate true nationalism or patriotism. But I think what we need to do is to have a clear understanding,

"We here in St. Lucia have over the years been very kind, very generous to many people throughout the region. Our courtesies extend right through and we have more or less adopted a soft approach in dealing with matters of immigration. We do have situations where we send people back to thei countries but in many instances there is an attitude of great tolerance and courtesy," said Mr. King.

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