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B'dos gov't retrains immigration personnel after CCJ ruling - AG

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The Barbadian Government has announced that it has already taken steps to re-train its immigration and border personnel in keeping with the landmark ruling in the Shanique Myrie case.

And the country’s attorney general, Adriel Brathwaite, says other CARICOM member states must follow suit to ensure that the free movement of Caribbean nationals across the region becomes a reality.

Brathwaite’s comments come nearly a month after the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that Barbados had breached Myrie’s right when she sought entry into that country in 2011.

In addition to the BDS$75,000 awarded to Myrie, the court also established a number of benchmark treatments it says CARICOM nationals should enjoy when they travel throughout the region.

Speaking during a panel discussion in Barbados last week, Brathwaite cautioned that the introduction of free movement throughout the Caribbean is a noble concept that has not been properly thought out.

Pointing to some of the challenges facing regional governments, he says there are not enough structures to support the free movement of CARICOM nationals and warns that this could cause chaos.