Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

TRAVEL: GUYANA: Resumption of int’l travel postponed to August 28 due to COVID-19

Photo: Guyanese returning home after being stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [CJIA photo]

The Ministry of Public Health has advised the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) that the reopening of the country’s airports for international travel should be shifted to August 28.

Originally, Guyana’s airports were scheduled to be opened for international travel on July 1 but due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, that timeline was postponed to August 1.

Now, authorities have disclosed that the timeline should be altered once again.      Continue reading

Guyana: COVID-19: Mining shut down; movement in Regions 1 and 7 blocked as cases rise

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In the wake of a steep rise in coronavirus cases in Region One (Barima-Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), government has shut off several mining sites, residential areas and businesses.  “All mining operations shall cease,” the amended order states.

The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association has said the spike in COVID-19 cases has very little to do with miners but with other workers at landings where miners dwell as well as movement of people across Guyana’s porous borders.        Continue reading

History: The Arrival of the Portuguese in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1834 – 2 articles

By Odeen Ishmael

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From the time of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and, particularly, during the period of the campaign to end slavery, the planters of the Caribbean and Guyana were aware of the acute need to find a substitute labour force that was both cheap and reliable to fill the ranks of the soon-to-be-liberated Africans. They initially were interested in seeking a labour force from Europe since they realised that there was a decreasing proportion of Whites in the colony.

They felt that this imbalance could be remedied by recruiting indentured labour from European countries. In addition to strengthening their own security, they wanted to have an alternative labour force to compete with the ex-slaves for plantation jobs after emancipation and thus forcing down employment costs.     Continue reading

US Elections – analyzing data to predict result in November 2020 – The Economist

Forecasting the US elections

The Economist is analysing polling, economic and demographic data to predict America’s elections in 2020

The Economist has just launched its first-ever statistical forecast of a US presidential election. Using machine-learning techniques to combine polls with fundamental factors, such as the economy and presidential approval ratings, it estimates Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s probabilities of winning each individual state and the election overall.

It is the first model to correct for differences in the willingness of supporters of each party to talk to pollsters. The model’s projections are updated daily to reflect the latest available data.


Guyana: Foreigners arrested, deported for alleged election–related conspiracy – AFC

Khemraj Ramjattan and Cathy Hughes

These allegations were put forward by the Prime Ministerial hopeful and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Executive Member of the AFC, Cathy Hughes yesterday at APNU+AFC Campaign Headquarters on Lamaha Street.

Ramjattan said that the allegations were only being publicly released because it was leaked to the media, and according to him, the foreign nationals were sent back to their respective countries on elections day.        Continue reading

Demand for Caribbean Economic Citizenship Increases as Coronavirus Spreads

— LONDON, England, Thursday March 5, 2020 – CS Global Partners, a London-headquartered government marketing agency specializing in investor immigration, says demand for Citizenship by Investment (CBI) has increased in light of the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

And Director Paul Singh says Caribbean islands with CBI programmes are proving to be attractive as demand for citizenship of safer countries grows.

“We work with three Caribbean governments – Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia – promoting their CBI programmes worldwide and assist authorized agents with any enquiries their clients may have regarding obtaining economic citizenship of any of these three countries.  ( Note: Grenada also has a CBI Program)              Continue reading

CARICOM Leaders End Summit in Barbados On Positive Note

CARICOM Leaders End Summit On Positive Note

CARICOM Chair and Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, explains some of the outcomes of the 31st Inter-sessional CARICOM Meeting. Looking on is Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerritt. Photo credit: C.Pitt/BGIS.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 20, 2020 (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Leaders have ended their two-day Inter-Sessional Summit, here, agreeing on a number of initiatives, ranging from holding a conference on crime in Trinidad and Tobago, to pushing forward the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of people and goods, across the 15-member regional grouping.      Continue reading

U.S.IMMIGRATION: Border Patrol to send Tactical Unit officers to ‘sanctuary cities’


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Trump administration is deploying highly trained officers to boost arrests of unauthorized immigrants in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the latest move in a battle against localities that adopt “sanctuary” policies to protect them from deportation.

Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol Tactical Unit will be among the officers deployed to cities to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. They will also be sent to San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark New Jersey, CBP spokesman Lawrence Payne said in a statement on Friday  February 14, 2020.      Continue reading

US Immigration: US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visa to Guyanese last year

US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visa to Guyanese last year

US Visa applicants at Guyana Embassy

The US issued almost 5,300 visitors’ visas last year to Guyanese, a slight increase from 2018.

According to figures by the US Department of State, last year there were 5,296 non-immigrant visas issued.
In 2017, there were 25,338 visas issued for the B1/B2 category.
In 2018, this fell to 4,923 Guyanese to whom visas were issued for holidaying purposes, almost 20,000 fewer than the previous year.
In recent years, the US Embassy had relaxed its stringent requirements for Guyanese and the number of visas issued for the popular B1-B2 category (visitors’ visas) rose sharply.

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Brexit : Britain’s regulatory-divergence dilemma in leaving the European Union

— There will be costs to diverging from EU regulation. But there will be benefits, too

Britain –Jan 30th 2020 edition – The Economist Magazine

On January 31st Britain leaves the eu. It goes into a sort of limbo—a transition period—until the end of 2020, when in dozens of areas, from trade, migration, environmental rules and farming to financial services, data policy, regional subsidies and state aid, the country’s freedom to run its own affairs will be constrained only by its ambitions to do deals with other countries. The big question, says Sir Bernard, an enthusiastic Brexiter, is whether it can remember how to roam.      Continue reading