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Jamaica gets help from Britain to monitor deportees

Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 | 10:37 am Comments 0
File - A deportee who turned his life around. Here he shows some of the puzzle books developed while he was incarcerated.
File - A deportee who turned his life around. Here he shows some of the puzzle books developed while he was incarcerated.

The British government has undertaken to finance a J$48 million project that will assist Jamaica to better monitor citizens deported from that country as well as others.

The 18-month project will seek to improve the systems of reception, processing and monitoring of deported migrants to reduce the risk of them returning to criminal activities. The project, which began in November, will include the provision of equipment and the training of key personnel.

Since the start of the year more than 2,000 Jamaicans have been deported from the United States, the UK and Canada for a range of criminal offences.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security Major General Stewart Saunders, said deportees will also be given life skills to ensure that they are properly reintegrated into the society.

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