Migrants get registration cards from Friday

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 07:45

Venezue­lans mi­grants will be­gin re­ceiv­ing their reg­is­tra­tion cards from Fri­day.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia con­fer­ence,

He stressed that they will be re­quired to keep them on their per­sons at all time.

Young said that 16,543 Venezue­lans, in­clud­ing 2,300 chil­dren, reg­is­tered in the ex­er­cise over May 31 to June 14. The reg­is­tra­tion will al­low them to work in Trinidad and To­ba­go for a year. Fol­low­ing this pe­ri­od the arrange­ment will be re­viewed by the Gov­ern­ment.

Young said in the pe­ri­od since June 14, his min­istry had been doing ­ing due dili­gence and oth­er checks on reg­is­trants to en­sure they were Venezue­lans. He said some ap­pli­cants had lacked pass­ports and ID cards.

“We’ve com­plet­ed this now and we start the roll out of cards (to­day),” Min­is­ter Young said.

The num­ber of cards to be dis­trib­uted is ap­prox­i­mate­ly 13,000. He said the cards have se­cu­ri­ty fea­tures, in­clud­ing a bar­code for the reg­is­trant, a pho­to, a Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty sig­na­ture, and a PIN for the per­son.

There is no cost for the cards.

Young said if a card is lost, the own­er will have to re­port it to the po­lice, adding that “who­ev­er isn’t reg­is­tered, T&T’s nor­mal im­mi­gra­tion laws will ap­ply”.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi, com­ment­ing on queries re­gard­ing refugee law, said da­ta from the reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise will be used to help as­sess what may have to be done. He said Gov­ern­ment had a meet­ing with the Unit­ed Na­tions High Com­mis­sion on Refugees (UN­HCR), the In­ter­na­tion­al Red Cross and US Sec­re­tary of State who all told the Gov­ern­ment, “job well done” on treat­ing with eco­nom­ic mi­grants and Venezue­lans.

He said Aru­ba and Cu­ra­cao which are now re­ceiv­ing Venezue­lan mi­grants and are ex­am­in­ing T&T’s reg­is­tra­tion mod­el.