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Deportations of 42 not unusual, stresses Montague

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Robert Montague

Following the deportation of 42 Jamaicans from the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday, National Security Minister Robert Montague told reporters yesterday that interesting questions concerning human rights and natural justice have been raised.

Montague, who was making a statement to journalists at the Ministry of National Security, opted to stick to his script and refused to answer follow-up questions.

However, in his statement, the minister stressed that Jamaicans have been deported in large numbers before, including in 2014 when 40 persons were sent home on a charter flight from the UK in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed between the two nations in 2007.

"The Ministry of National Security will give due consideration to the various expressions, both by the returned citizens and observers, with respect to the latest deportation and will, where applicable, incorporate views and perspectives in the improvement of its own protocols governing deported persons from Jamaica," Montague said.




Up to June 30, nine hundred and sixty-three persons had been deported to Jamaica from a number of countries in 2016.

The United States deported the highest number throughout the period, 342, while England and Canada returned 149 and 82, respectively.

From the region, Trinidad and Tobago deported 130; Barbados sent back 44; and CuraÁao, 43.

The total number of persons deported from other countries was 78.

Jamaica deported 310 persons in 2015. Since January 2016, ninety-five have been deported from the island to their countries of origin.

"We concede and admit that the behaviour of some of our countrymen has not always been in keeping with Jamaica's values, and we urge all Jamaicans at home and abroad to obey the laws of the land," Montague said.