The Barbadian government still under fire for its proposed immigration policy
The Barbadian government is not budging from its position to have all undocumented immigrants get themselves regulated or face certain deportation and the new move is being seen as a challenge to free movement although free movement under the caricom umbrella does not deal with illegal immigrants.
Press reports out of Barbados now indicate that Guyanese are complaining about their homes being raided and being taken into custody although many of them are legal.
The Guyana government has not released a definitive statement on the new policy even as the Guyana consul general in Barbados has noticed an increase in the number of persons seeking the mission’s help to understand the new policy and what it really means.
But it’s just not Guyanese who are crying foul, over in St Vincent, that islands’ prime minister has not been hiding his disgust over the way Barbados has been treating some caricom nationals.
A 5 year old child was recently deported from Barbados to st Vincent even as her relatives who are legal in Barbados sought to have her status legalized through the student visa programme. It’s a growing problem that will certainly make its way back to the front of the caricom table when caricom leaders gather in Trinidad this coming weekend.
Caricom Secretary General Edwin Carrington said the secretariat is taking note of the developments and would be concerned if there are moves by any member state to reverse the free movement agreement.
There is a very large number of Guyanese who have live and work in the island. Many of them find themselves under the illegal umbrella and Barbados is trying to take a hands on approach to the problem of illegal immigration. Barbadian opposition members have been critical of the new agreement since they believe it does not deal with those illegal immigrants from the US and Europe who have also made Barbados their home.