Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

U.S. ramps up Mexico asylum returns: ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico’ 

— Trump confirms ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico,’ 

Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed on June 7 to expand the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or ‘Remain in Mexico,’ which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. southern border to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.  Continue reading

Trinidad announces visa requirement for Venezuelans….. as protests erupt

   –   15 June 2019

National Security Minister Stuart Young (centre) addresses the media at the close of registration on June 14, 2019.

(Trinidad Guardian) Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has an­nounced that from Mon­day, the Gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go will im­ple­ment a visa sys­tem for Venezue­lans wish­ing to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go.

The min­is­ter made the an­nounce­ment at a news con­fer­ence in Port-of-Spain at the end of the Venezue­lan reg­is­tra­tion process.

“From Mon­day morn­ing we will be im­ple­ment­ing visas for Venezue­lans to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go,” Young said.            Continue reading

Freedom of movement case fails at Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Citizens of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “have important rights but to exercise these rights clear documentary evidence of their nationality is required.” This was the ruling handed down Wednesday 29 May 2019, by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the case of Bain vs Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Bain, a citizen of both the United States and Grenada, had maintained that his right to freedom of movement was violated when he was refused entry into the twin-island state when entering from Grenada before midnight December 14, 2017.      Continue reading

Guyanese Achievers: Blue Plaque Unveiling For Cecile Nobrega – London UK – June 1, 2019

BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING FOR CECILE NOBREGA

International Educator, Playwright, Composer and Renowned Poet

Cecile Nobrega

“Find me a place in the sun, in the sea, on a rock, near an Isle,” is the opening salvo of a poem written in 1968 by Cecile Nobrega.  The poem was titled The Bronze Woman, which was published in her first book of verses, soliloquies, and celebrates the women of the Caribbean and elsewhere.  However, Cecile Nobrega’s poem would go on to inspire the first public statue of a Black woman in the UK.

The Bronze Woman

The 10-foot bronze statue of a woman holding a child was unveiled in 2008 as part of the 60th anniversary commemorating the arrival of the Empire Windrush.  The sculpture, a physical representation of the Bronze Woman poem, was created to symbolise the strength and resilience of women as mothers, their essence as nurturers, and future aspirations for their families and themselves.

The statue proudly stands in a Lambeth Park known as Stockwell Memorial Gardens, a stone’s throw away from where Cecile lived.    Continue reading

Over 42,000 Caribbean nationals overstayed their non-immigrant US visas

US citizenship and immigration services

Washington, USA – Acting Homeland Secretary, Kevin Mc Aleenan revealed that over 42,000 Caribbean nationals from across the region overstayed their non-immigrant visas and stayed in the US between October 2017 and September 2018. This figure is contained in the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DSH) fiscal year 2018 entry/exit overstay report.

The US government has provided figures to show that overall, in the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM countries, Trinidad and Tobago has the lowest over-stay rate with the United States at 0.40 percent, followed by The Bahamas (0.475), Barbados (1.11 percent), St Kitts and Nevis (1.73 percent), Saint Lucia (1.86 percent) and Belize (1.93 percent).               Continue reading

President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan is probably all about the 2020 election

Trump’s new immigration bill is ‘dead on arrival’ — but its real value could be shoring up his immigration strategy for 2020

President Donald Trump

ANALYSIS… Business Insider- May 16, 2019

  • The Trump administration unveiled an immigration proposal Thursday that lawmakers from both parties have widely criticized, and fails to include several key immigration issues facing the country.
  • The plan would both impose steeper security measures at the US-Mexico border and give preference to highly educated immigrants with job offers, President Donald Trump announced Thursday.
  • Lawmakers and experts have derided it as “dead on arrival.”
  • But Trump administration officials told the Associated Press they hoped the proposal would make clear to 2020 voters what the Republican party is “for.”
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US sees increase in number of Guyanese visitors overstaying

Out of the 66,416 Guyanese who were expected to depart the United States last year after visiting the country on a visitor’s visa, over 3,000 of them remained in the country, according to the United States Homeland Security’s ‘Fiscal Year 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report’.

The Overstay Report provides data on expected departures and overstays by country, for foreign travelers to the United States who entered as nonimmigrants through an air or sea port of entry (POE) and who were expected to depart in 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018).      Continue reading

A VERY CARIBBEAN POT….WINDRUSH LONDON – Documentary video

22nd June 1948: MV Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury Docks in London

Interesting documentary…...

……….. relating to means of survival in a strange Country……..
……     by some of the Wind Rush London arrivals.
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The Protectors of the Rights of the Indians under Indentureship in British Guiana

By Harry Hergash  –  May 6, 2019 – In In The Diaspora

Harry Hergash, a graduate of the University of Guyana, taught at the Annandale Government Secondary from 1964 to 1969. He immigrated to Canada in 1974.

Between 1838 and 1917, Indians were recruited and brought to Guyana, then a British colony called British Guiana, under the Indentureship system to provide manual labour on the sugar plantations, almost all in the hands of British and Scottish owners. Under this system, an overseas worker was hired under contract which bound the worker to a specific plantation for a fixed period of time under stated terms and conditions, including a fixed wage rate and paid return passage.

Indians were not the first or only group of labourers recruited under this arrangement. However, most of the non-Indian immigrants withdrew from the plantations soon after their introduction, and by the early 1850s, India became the primary source. According to one report from the 1924 British Empire Wembley Exhibition, of the 343,019 immigrants recruited between 1835 and 1921, India provided 239,979.          Continue reading

Indian Guyanese have much to celebrate on May 5 – By Dr. Devanand Bhagwan

Dear Editor: – May 5, (Indian) Arrival Day is special to me.

As an Indian Guyanese, I reflect on those Indians taking that bold step to leave Hindustan (India) behind and cross the kala pani (black water) into the unknown future. Folks were promised a just reward for indentured servitude, and they were willing to take a chance. They never knew of the slave-like conditions that were awaiting them, but they were a resilient lot.

The Indians endured much hardship. Most of them were sick and many died on the way to British Guiana during the months it took them to reach the promised land. Caste-ism, a societal bane then, as it is now, virtually disappeared because of the dynamics within the ship. Folks from all religions and castes became a virtual family. This jehaji (shipmates) familial feeling was so strong that they could have a marriage that involved jehajis!      Continue reading

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