CARICOM: St. Lucia To Grant Amnesty To Illegals – Will Barbados Follow?

From the Jamaica Gleaner (link here)…

The St Lucia Government says it will grant amnesty to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals residing here illegally.

It said the amnesty will come into effect from January 1, 2007.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony said the amnesty would allow illegal Caribbean nationals, especially the large contingent of Guyanese citizens, to regularise their status once they can prove they have been residing here for more than three years.

Officials note that because many St. Lucians left here in the 1950s for Guyana to mine gold, their descendants have returned to St. Lucia taking up permanent residence.

Other Caribbean nationals including those from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have also made St. Lucia their home. 

… read the rest of the story at the Jamaica Gleaner here

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3 responses to “CARICOM: St. Lucia To Grant Amnesty To Illegals – Will Barbados Follow?

  1. Enquiring Minds..

    The Barbados Census of 2000 yielded a figure of around 279,000 people living here on Barbados
    – and that was 6 yrs. ago!

    By now that figure gotta be around 285,000..!

    Given Guyanese labour influx, plus tourists on the island,
    there are about 300,000 on this island at any given time, I reckon.

    Do YOU think Barbados Government to give free way to cram even more people onto this very overcrowded island?

  2. prime minister anthony is talking about 500, 1000 illegals. how many we got in Barbados. I’ve heard estimates as high as 25,000. thats almost 10% of the population. Of course any bajan primeminister that did that would have 25,000votes for life. unfortunately he might lose 250,000 or 279,000 votes for life. its about give and take 🙂