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Government responds to concerns about UK deportations

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 1:02 PM

The national security ministry has sought to explain that all legal avenues of appeal in the UK have been exhausted.

The ministry said the returnees have no legal rights in the UK and that the Government of Jamaica is, therefore, obligated, under international law, to receive its nationals on their return.

The returnees will be met upon arrival in Kingston by Jamaica Constabulary Force personnel and an officer of the Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division of the foreign affairs ministry, as well as representatives of the National Organisation for Deported Migrants.

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The National Organisation for Deported Migrants is a non-governmental organisation funded by the British High Commission.

The ministry further states that returned Jamaicans had also benefited from the consular services and support of the staff of the Jamaica High Commission in London throughout the deportation process.