Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

GUYANA: Refugees and other immigrants in Guyana – By Lear Matthews

Perspectives-  Refugees to Guyana in an era of unprecedented socio-economic change

Lear Matthews

By Lear Matthews

Some concerns may be emerging in Guyana as a result of the stream of refugees from Venezuela and the related uptick in the “Squatting situation”. This is compounded by the entry of immigrants from other countries, many under government contract or Unclassified Entrants. In light of anticipated changes that will emerge in the dawning of the gas and oil industry, issues of adjustment, accommodation and populations shifts caused by these new entrants must be seriously considered.

There have been grumblings among Guyanese about the increasing number of immigrant families “admitted” into the country, whom locals uncannily refer to as “the silent invaders”. A report by the Chairperson of Region One confirmed that about 40,000 Venezuelans were in the country in 2019. As a result of these entries, immigrant settlements have been established along border communities such as Mabaruma and Kumaka, notwithstanding the noticeable increase of various transnational groups throughout the nation.        Continue reading

BARBADOS: Cost of Living Increasing – What Solutions? – Barbados Underground Blog

It is no surprise the ineffectual debate about reducing the cost of living has resurfaced. As usual the country is beguiled by the usual talking heads whose commentary is crafted to fulfil political interest and reaffirm traditional economic theories.

However you ‘slice and dice’ the challenge facing Barbados to significantly reduce the cost of living, it cannot change the fact Barbados is a net importer of commodities. For those who will interject that tourism as a service generates significant revenue inflow, it is an industry with significant foreign ownership which dilutes earnings making its way onshore.        Continue reading

USA: Expose the racism of the fig leaf which covers up ‘replacement theory’ – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S. — Time to rip away the fig leaf of ‘replacement’ and expose the racism which it covers up

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The 18-year-old European American male who killed 10 African Americans on May14 at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket surveyed the store located more than 200 miles from his hometown to be sure he could kill the largest number of African Americans. He posted a 180-page manifesto which cited the “replacement theory” – a belief that there is a plot to replace European Americans with people of other races — and 672 texts indicating that he decided since February to kill “replacers.”

How could such a young man, not yet out of his teens, son of two New York transit department engineers, be filled with such venom? Take your pick:            Continue reading

GUYANA: Diaspora – to come or not to come back to Guyana

May 14, 2022 Editorial – Kaieteur News

Guyana’s President is reported to have said that the diaspora must not be “lazy” in taking advantage of the rich opportunities and sweet promises offered by this country. Quite a few members of the widely scattered Guyanese diaspora, largely concentrated in America and Canada, have contemplated whether to return to Guyana, or to stay where they are, and keep building on the foundations that they have erected for themselves.

On the other hand, some Guyanese have actually taken the plunge and retraced their steps to take up permanent residence in the land of their birth, their memories, their love. Still, the challenge lingers for many, regarding whether they should heed the national leader’s call, and make the move back to their homeland.          Continue reading

UK: Rwanda asylum plan: who does it target and is it going to happen? -The Guardian

Plans have surprised many, have few precedents and have been condemned as cruel and unworkable

Photo: The home secretary, Priti Patel, and Rwanda’s foreign minister, Vincent Biruta, signing the agreement in Kigali. Photograph: Muhizi Olivier/AP

Home affairs editor – Thu 14 Apr 2022. The GUARDIAN

Who does the government say could be sent to Rwanda?

Any adult who comes into the UK without authorisation – via train, boat or plane – could be considered for relocation to Rwanda.

There will be an assessment stage, where the strength of each individual’s asylum claim will be taken into account, officials said, as well as the way they arrived in the country.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Guyanese in Suriname updated on massive economic opportunities

Map of Suriname – click to enlarge

April 10 2022 – BPI Guyana

─ during meeting with Agriculture Minister, Foreign Secretary

Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha and Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Robert Persaud met Saturday with Guyanese living in Dutch-speaking Republic of Suriname.

With some 25,000 Guyanese living in the neighboring South American nation since the 1970’s who work in the agriculture, fishing, construction and even the oil and gas sectors, Foreign Secretary Persaud said the intention of the outreach was to update the diaspora of the countless opportunities that exist in Guyana.        Continue reading

IMF BLOG: How War in Ukraine Is Reverberating Across World’s Regions

By Alfred Kammer, Jihad Azour, Abebe Aemro Selassie, IIan Goldfajn and Changyong Rhee

The conflict is a major blow to the global economy that will hurt growth and raise prices.

Beyond the suffering and humanitarian crisis from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the entire global economy will feel the effects of slower growth and faster inflation.

Impacts will flow through three main channels. One, higher prices for commodities like food and energy will push up inflation further, in turn eroding the value of incomes and weighing on demand. Two, neighboring economies in particular will grapple with disrupted trade, supply chains, and remittances as well as an historic surge in refugee flows. And three, reduced business confidence and higher investor uncertainty will weigh on asset prices, tightening financial conditions and potentially spurring capital outflows from emerging markets.      Continue reading

TRAVEL: COVID: Grenada Becomes The 25th Country To Remove All Entry Requirements

Map of Grenada and its islands – click to enlarge

https://www.traveloffpath.com/ – April 1, 2022

April 4 Marks The Start Of A New Era For Grenada Tourism

Starting April 4, 2022, Covid proof of entry will no longer apply to foreign visitors visiting the tri-island nation of Grenada, as it fully reopens to tourism under pre-pandemic regulations. This means both the vaccinated and unvaccinated are welcome without testing, quarantine, or any further requirements.

Grenada is now officially the latest entry in our ever-expanding list of countries that have removed all entry requirements in 2022. Earlier this week, we have also received reports of several tourist hotspots in Europe opening up to all categories of travelers, including SwedenPoland, and Denmark.

Grenada is the latest in the Caribbean to have done so, and only the 25th destination in the world:          Continue reading

GUYANA: Rapid development requires 100.000 additional workers + Investments – Foreign Secretary

‘Urgently explore opportunities at home’ – Foreign Secretary tells Guyanese in T&T

Recently, Persaud told members of the Guyanese diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) that the Guyanese economy is growing at a fast pace and both skilled and unskilled workers are needed to fill public and private sector jobs.

He said the Government of Guyana is trying to woo members of its diaspora to return by offering several incentives including tax concessions on personal effects such as vehicles and housing lots in Guyana.          Continue reading

BARBADOS: ‘Transformation needed to promote ‘new world order’ – PM Mia Mottley

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Presidential Lecture Series

Barbados PM Mia Mottley

Barbados Today- Marlon Madden – March 24, 2022

A more transformative agenda and strong political will are needed to reinvent the way countries and multilateral institutions respond to the needs of the developing world and various crises.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the point on Tuesday as she expressed concern that there were still too few groupings and countries determining the fate of others when it came to various issues.

“The ultimate absurdity of what I am saying is amplified when we look at the arrangements that led to the P5 within the context of the (UN) Security Council. How do five countries have the right to veto that which others want to see happen?” said Mottley. The P5 comprises China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.          Continue reading

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