Three days before the end of the registration process, hundreds of Venezuelan nationals remain hopeful they will get the chance to register in Tobago.
Most of them left long lines at the two registration centres in Trinidad and travelled to Tobago with the hope that they can register at the Caroline Building, in Scarborough easily.
On Wednesday morning, many migrants returned to the Tobago centre having slept at various guests houses and hotels for free.
Many of them had slept on the streets of Scarborough on Monday night after they arrived on board the fast ferry - T&T Express- at 1 pm on Sunday.
After the first wave of migrants arrived, a system of informal registration began taking place among them.
People were given numbers as they came, but mothers with babies and young children were sent ahead of others. Organisations also began to help.
Venezuelan Gabriela Barreo said she and many women and children were fed and given free lodging “by Muslim brothers from Trinidad.”
Through a network of Muslim businesses, the migrants were accommodated.
Meanwhile, the Seventh Day Adventist Church was also coordinating a response and began offering migrants three meals per day.
Diamond Andrews, of the Adventist Service and Industries Tobago Chapter, said the church has always offered services to those in need.
“We are not about being visible for people to see what we do, we are here to help even if the amnesty is extended to next week.”
Andrews has since reached out to other organisations and individuals to strengthen the church’s coordinating efforts.
The church has also allowed the migrants to use the Harmon SDA Scarborough School as a base at nights for migrants to sleep and take showers.
However, not all Tobagonians were sympathetic to the cause.
At the end of the workday on Wednesday the line in front of the building was still long. The deadline for the two-week registration process ends tomorrow. Once registered the holder of the registration card can legally work and live in T&T for one year.
- by Loyse Vincent