Gov't to offer illegal aliens amnesty, more than 20,000 people living illegally in Jamaica
National Security Minister Robert Montague has announced that an amnesty is to be offered to persons living illegally in the country.
Montague says some 20,000 persons who are living illegally in Jamaica.
He says the amnesty will be declared early next year and will run for one year.
The national security minister says this is to give persons an opportunity to become legal citizens and continue to contribute to the upliftment of Jamaica.
He argued that other countries have allowed illegal Jamaican migrants to regularise their statues and so Jamaica must also do the same for illegal migrants living on the island.
Montague was speaking this morning at a citizenship swearing-in ceremony for new Jamaican citizens, a first in the country's history.
Nearly 50 people were sworn in.
Overall, more than 30,000 people have applied for Jamaican citizenship.