Nicholson invites T&T minister for talks over denial of entry to Jamaicans
Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister Senator, A.J. Nicholson, has invited his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Winston Dookeran, for a visit to discuss concerns about the number of Jamaicans being refused entry to the twin-island republic.
In a release this afternoon, the foreign affairs ministry said Nicholson wants to meet with Dookeran before the end of the year.
Nicholson handed the letter of invitation to Dr Iva Gloudon, the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica, during a meeting at the ministry today – almost a week after 13 Jamaicans were denied entry to Port of Spain.
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Nicholson told Gloudon that the number of Jamaicans being returned from Trinidad and Tobago had generated considerable public outrage.
On the weekend, Trinidadian officials reported that in the past three years, more than 1,000 Jamaicans have been denied entry to the Caribbean territory.
He also said it had the potential to undermine confidence and diminish goodwill on the part of many Jamaicans towards Trinidad and Tobago and the wider regional integration movement.
“I believe that our personal intervention and collaboration can go a far way in bringing this issue to a speedy and successful conclusion,” Nicholson said in his requesting the visit of Dookeran.
“This is of the utmost importance as a regional integration movement which does and is perceived as protecting and advancing the interests of all sides is vital to the progress of our regional enterprise.”
Nicholson said the meeting would also address other matters related to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
ON THE AGENDA
1. The activation by Trinidad and Tobago of all ten categories for movement of skills
2. The perception of profiling of Jamaicans travelling to Trinidad and Tobago
3. The right of nationals to contact their consular authorities upon being denied entry
4. The obligation of the immigration officials to facilitate communication.
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