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National Security Ministry pledges support for deportees

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 10:30 AM
National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang - File photo

The Ministry of National Security is reassuring that all deportees will be provided with support to facilitate rehabilitation and reintegration into society through its all Involuntary Returned Migrants (IRM) Project.

The assurance follows last week’s deportation of 29 Jamaicans from the United Kingdom.

The ministry explains that through the project, the capacity of service providers such as non-government organisers, has been improved to ensure that deportees who are not received by family and friends are also adequately supported with food, shelter, clothing, employment and education opportunities.

Since the establishment of the programme in 2008, the ministry says, significant strides have been made to streamline the processing of various categories of involuntary persons from the point of reception to reintegration.

This, it says, includes success in a more efficient processing and identity verification of IRM’s and the issuance of official national identification.

Another initiative underway, is a partnership between the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Cities Alliance through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The partnership seeks to strengthen migration policies, legislative and institutional frameworks that guide the management and treatment of IRMs in the country.

The initiative is part of a part of a broader programme embedded in the Ministry’s Five Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy with a specific focus on the Rehabilitation and Redemption Pillar, in keeping with the Vision 2030 Jamaica - National Development Plan. 

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