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82 per cent decline in Jamaicans denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 4:27 PM
Johnson Smith ... that since the start of the year, her ministry had only received one formal report in February of denial of entry of a Jamaican in Trinidad.

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith is reporting an 82 per cent reduction in the number of Jamaicans denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago for the one year period, March 2016 to March 2017.

Speaking this morning at a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in New Kingston, Johnson Smith attributed the reduction to consistent work between the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Johnson Smith also reported that since the start of the year, her ministry had only received one formal report in February of denial of entry of a Jamaican in Trinidad.

She said the ministry has started investigation into that report. 

"All of the parts have come together, bilateral, individual and from being better informed as well as the meeting of commitments by the Government of Trinidad in terms of training their immigration personnel, in terms of preparing a comfortable and accommodating surroundings for persons who might be denied or delayed entry into Trinidad," Johnson Smith told journalists.

In January, Johnson Smith had reported that up to March 2016, an average of 49 Jamaicans per month were denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago.

- Edmond Campbell