Venezuelans

Free room and board in Tobago

Three days be­fore the end of the reg­is­tra­tion process, hun­dreds of Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­main hope­ful they will get the chance to reg­is­ter in To­ba­go.

Most of them left long lines at the two reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres in Trinidad and trav­elled to To­ba­go with the hope that they can reg­is­ter at the Car­o­line Build­ing, in Scar­bor­ough eas­i­ly.

On Wednes­day morn­ing, many mi­grants re­turned to the To­ba­go cen­tre hav­ing slept at var­i­ous guests hous­es and ho­tels for free.

Former IIR Head: Accept Venezuelans, but have a plan

Former director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at the University of the West Indies' St Augustine campus, Andy Knight, is supporting  Government's decision to provide refuge to Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing the deteriorating conditions in their country. However, he is also advising that this should not be done in an ad-hoc manner to avoid any future complications.

AG: Migrants linked to certain crimes

T&T is grap­pling with eco­nom­ic mi­grants since Venezue­lans be­gan to seek refuge here and it is a fact that the coun­try has seen an uptick in “cer­tain of the crimes” as re­sult of some of the mi­grant is­sues, says At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi.

“The Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er can speak to that him­self,” Al-Rawi added in Sen­ate on Tues­day.

“But suf­fice to say the num­ber of mur­ders has been not­ed to have risen as a re­sult of some of our mi­gra­tion is­sues. I’m not talk­ing on­ly about Venezuela, I’m talk­ing about oth­er po­si­tions.”

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants sleep in Scarborough

Approximately 300 Venezuelan asylum seekers, most of whom travelled from Trinidad, spent the night on the streets of Scarborough Monday awaiting Tuesday's 7 am opening of the Tobago amnesty registration centre at Caroline Building, Wilson Road.

According to Emily Lyon, a Venezuelan who travelled to Tobago to register, a list with names of persons outside the centre was organised by a group leader to determine each person's position in the registration line.

Venezue­lan mi­grants ap­peal to Gov­ern­ment: Extend registration deadline

With the end of the reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­od draw­ing close and the mi­grant num­bers in­creas­ing, Venezue­lans are ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the dead­line.

The ap­peal came as hun­dreds of Venezue­lans, many with their ba­bies and chil­dren, con­verge dai­ly out­side of Achie­vor’s Ban­quet Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do for hours, hop­ing to be reg­is­tered.

No NIS deductions for working Venezuelans

Thou­sands of Venezue­lan mi­grants are ex­pect­ed to en­ter the coun­try’s work­force fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent reg­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy pro­gramme and while em­ploy­ment will pro­vide many with the life­line need­ed dur­ing their stay, no mea­sures have been im­ple­ment­ed by the gov­ern­ment for the state’s cof­fers to reap any ben­e­fits.

Tobago Imam applauds Venezuelan registration

Imam Yusuf Diab, of the Crown Point Mus­lim sect, ap­plauds Gov­ern­ment’s move to reg­is­ter and of­fer Venezue­lans em­ploy­ment and med­ical ser­vices for one year.

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia at the Crown Point Masjid on the eve of the cel­e­bra­tion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Imam said he is hap­py the Gov­ern­ment be­gan the ini­tia­tive.

He made it clear that as an Or­tho­dox sect, his or­gan­i­sa­tion did not get in­volved in Gov­ern­ments’ af­fairs.

How­ev­er, as a busi­ness­man, he saw “the reg­is­tra­tion as a good idea.”

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