Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

Guyana: UN Refugee Agency concerned about indigenous Venezuelans in Guyana

CMC – 29 November 2021.

A senior official of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says more humanitarian presence and support from the international community is needed as she commented on the plight of indigenous Venezuelan refugees in Guyana.

UNHCR’s Multi-Country Office Representative in Panama, Philippa Candler, speaking to reporters here, noted that an estimated 24,500 refugees and migrants from Venezuela are living in Guyana, including some 2,500 indigenous Warao.

Some have settled in hard-to-reach areas near the Venezuelan border and others in or around the towns of Mabaruma and Port Kaituma. Since early 2020, an estimated 250 Warao also found refuge in Anabisi in northern Guyana. More than half of this group are children.        Continue reading

Canada: Montreal: The Police force is not a health service – By Yvonne Sam

 – By Yvonne Sam

On November 1, when I heard the news on the radio that a male had been pepper sprayed at close range by the Montreal police ( SPVM), that he was experiencing a mental crisis, and had been taken to the hospital, the only words that evoked an egress from my lips were “ Not again!”

Surprisingly, not for a nanosecond did an inkling of a thought linger on the color aspect, as I intuitively knew the color that most often gets in trouble with law enforcement.

In 2019, in the face of harsh criticism for its handling of past interactions, the SPVM declared that it will train all its patrol officers to use tools that will help them deal with those suffering from mental health issues.          Continue reading

Guyana: JONESTOWN REVISITED: A People’s Tragedy, Lessons Learned – By Lear Matthews

43rd Commemoration of the Jonestown Tragedy in Guyana

 – By Lear Matthews

  •  Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.
  • None but ourselves can free our mind.
  • (Robert N. Marley)

Lear Matthews

November 18th 2021 marks the 43rdcommemoration of the People’s Temple tragedy in Guyana, South America, a nation that has been in the news again recently, but this time for good reason. According to Exxon Mobile, oil discovery off the northern coast of this southern Caribbean country, was expected to top six billion barrels by 2020, making it a leading oil producing nation.

The story of the People’s Temple symbolizes (a) fallibility of persons whose path to the ‘American dream’ had been  frustrated because of  economic hardship, political ideology or racism (b) the rabid power of a religious zealot over those seeking spiritual and material comfort (c) a developing nation’s vulnerability to sundry influences as it struggled to stymie conditions of poverty. The government of Guyana engaged in a policy and practice of offering resources to encourage efforts at hinterland resettlement and development.            Continue reading

Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR): 15th Conference – June 23-25, 2022 – Call for Papers

GIHR Call for papers and abstracts for the Fifteenth Conference
Theme: Migration, business and economy
Call for papers and abstracts for 2022 Conference.

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Cultural evening
Date: 23 June 2022.  Time: 7 pm.
Plenary sessions
Date: 24-25 June 2022. Time: 9am-5 pm daily.
Location:
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GIHR Call for papers and abstracts for the June 2022 Research Conference

Guyana: History: Introducing a Multiracial Appeal of 1938: The ‘Negro-Indian Combine’ – By Nigel Westmaas

By October 24, 2021.-– By Nigel Westmaas

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Ruhoman was widely known for his interventions in the press. Politically conservative (he was an open critic of communism), he was a major contributor and respondent to social and political issues. His brother, Peter Ruhoman, was the author of the influential book, The Centenary History of the East Indians of British Guiana.        Continue reading

Canada: Ontario: Premier Ford refuses to apologize for comments about immigrants

Ontario’s premier is under fire for refusing to apologize for calling the work ethic of new immigrants’ into question. Adrian Ghobrial goes to the heart of Ford Nation, where new Canadians share their experiences in light of Doug Ford’s comments.

By Lucas Casaletto- City News 680. Toronto -Posted Oct 19, 2021

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is declining to apologize for his comments about immigrants, with the health minister backing the provincial leader, saying Ford was misunderstood.

Speaking about a worker shortage in the trades on Monday, Ford said, “We need people, we’re in such desperate need for people from around the world,” adding that the province is short “a couple 100,000 workers” and needs immigrants to fill the gap.

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GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

  • Labourer charged with starting Brickdam Station fire @ 0.29 mins
  • Fire Service got no confessions during its probe @ 4.45 mins
  • Woman found dead in washroom at GPHC @ 9.30 mins
  • Health warning to doctors Over Vaccine Exemption Letter @ 14 mins
  • ExxonMobil announces another major oil find @ 12.33 mins
  • Ease at the Fuel Pump @ 15.00 mins
  • Policeman remanded for Marijuana Trafficking @ 16.04 mins
  • Study by Pfizer to vaccinate entire town in Brazil against Covid @ 20.00 mins
  • The Bahamas removing undocumented Haitians @ 20.40 mins
  • UK Eases several countries off Red Travel List @ 21.25 mins

USA: White men on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees is vintage Americana — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

President Joe Biden acknowledged in his victory speech that “the African American community stood up again for me,” adding, “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.” So how come, during Biden’s watch, mounted European American Border Patrol agents used their horses and reins as whips to force Haitian refugees from American soil, evoking the round-up of escaping slaves?

As president, Biden must be held accountable but the herding of the Haitians under the Del Rio, Texas, border bridge was just the latest manifestation of an immigration system designed to favor European Americans. That was evident when Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966 accepting Cubans escaping Communism as political refugees. Haitians fleeing the horrors of the Duvalier dictatorship are deemed economic refugees, turned back at sea and deported if they make it to land.      Continue reading

Barbados Exploring Direct Trade and Air Links With African Countries

Barbados NationNews – 01 October 2021 – COLVILLE MOUNSEY

PHOTO: Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Professor Benedict Oramah, signing the Memorandum of Understanding at Ilaro Court., Barbados. (BGIS)

Barbados has moved one step closer to its ambitions of fostering trade with the African continent, as Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and president of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Professor Dr Benedict Oramah, signed a memorandum of understanding that creates the framework to explore areas of investment and interest.        Continue reading

MIGRATION: Guyana’s oil boom leads to highest incoming traffic in Caribbean – IOM Study

…  as US State Dept. predicts 160,000 jobs in coming years

Sep 28, 2021 – Kaieteur News –  Between 2013 and 2018, travellers from the Caribbean were recorded as having the highest increase in migration to Guyana when compared to those from Venezuela, Europe, and the United States of America (USA).

The Panel discussion on the Guyana Labour Study: (from left) IOM Specialist, Michela Macchiavello, Minister of Labour, Joseph Hamilton, Private Sector Commission Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Capital, Jairam Petam, Facilitator and IOM Programme Support Officer for the Caribbean, Brendan Tarnay, and (on screen) International Labour Organisation Specialist, Francesco Carella.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Study            Continue reading

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