Bilingual job application forms for Venezuelans

Venezuelan nationals seeking employment in this country after registering in the government's amnesty, are being catered for by some companies, with bilingual application forms.

Among those companies is Prestige Holdings, which has now adapted its forms with Spanish translations to ensure that the Venezuelan nationals could understand.

Prestige Holdings is the parent company of Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays and Starbucks.

The registration process runs from May 31 to June 14.

Venezuelans to leave Irwin Park facility today

Chair­man of the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh says that time is up for the Venezue­lan mi­grants who have been stay­ing at Ir­win Park, Siparia for the last two weeks.

As they leave on Tues­day, Ra­mad­hars­ingh said that they will be pre­sent­ed with mat­tress­es and oth­er items that have been col­lect­ed for them over that time.

He said that he has en­sured that all of the mi­grants have gone through the reg­is­tra­tion process of Gov­ern­ment’s amnesty.

Venezuelans afraid of persecution following line of questioning

Some of the 115 Venezuelans who completed registration at Achievers Banquet Hall in San Fernando on Friday say they are surprised at the line of questions they were asked during their brief interviews by Immigration.

Some expressed fear of being persecuted politically if the information they divulged was shared. 

Speaking to Guardian Media through our translator Angie Ramnarine, Venezuelan Juan Fernandes said the questions were limited and did not take into account their medical problems or their medical needs.

Long lines of migrants wait to register

Hours be­fore the of­fi­cial start of reg­is­tra­tion be­gan, hun­dreds of Venezue­lans be­gan as­sem­bling out­side of Achiev­ers Ban­quet Hall at Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do.

Most had spent the night hav­ing walked with chairs and cush­ions in an­tic­i­pa­tion for a long night. Ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing to line up for ba­sic ameni­ties in their home coun­try, the Venezue­lans were in good spir­its, ea­ger­ly ex­press­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the T&T peo­ple who had as­sist­ed them.

Central Bank Governor: Hosting Venezuelans could cost $620M/year

The Central Bank Governor has estimated that it will cost the state around $620 million dollars a year to support the Venezuelans who have migrated to this country.

Dr Alvin Hilaire said at first he was skeptical about that figure but then said after looking at the impact on Colombia, that 600-odd million-dollar figure seemed plausible.

Colombia has so far taken in almost 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. This has cost that country around 0.4% of its GDP.

More Venezuelans flock to Irwin Park

More homeless Venezuelans are trickling to Irwin Park facility in Siparia hoping to get free meals, clothing and shelter.

When Guardian Media visited the facility on Monday more than 20 Venezuelans were lounging on cots, and on chairs.

There were enough food and drinks to feed a hundred more people.

Itilda Wharwood from the Siparia Community Association and voluntary translator Jennifer Joan Cowie have been spending their time at the facility ensuring that people do not take advantage of the Venezuelans.

Migrant squatting, prostitution worry MPs

Squat­ting, squab­bles and sex-re­lat­ed prob­lems.

Re­ports of squat­ting in Cen­tral Trinidad by some Venezue­lans and the oc­cu­pan­cy of aban­doned South hous­es are among the mixed bag of is­sues re­sult­ing from the in­flux of mi­grants to T&T in re­cent months.

Oth­er is­sues in­clude cer­tain Clax­ton Bay-based Venezue­lan women be­ing fol­lowed home by T&T men af­ter work—and maxi taxis fer­ry­ing “ar­rivals” out of cer­tain La Brea coastal ar­eas.