With one week to go before the deadline for registration, over 200 Venezuelans braved the inclement weather in Tobago yesterday and turned up at the Caroline Building Registration Centre in Scarborough, Tobago, in an attempt to get away from the long lines at the two locations in Trinidad.
This is the first time Tobago has seen such an influx, since the registration process commenced nine days ago.Since the start of the registration process, Tobago has not seen any figures exceeding 40 migrants on a daily basis.
Many of them admitted that they had several failed attempts in being registered due to the long lines in Trinidad.The group, which included children, arrived in Tobago on the Cabo Star, as well as several flights on Caribbean Airlines.
Guardian Media understands that several of the Venezuelans were unable to complete the process, after they were turned away by Immigration personnel, because they were unable to provide copies of their original documents. All businesses offering such services in Scarborough were closed on a Sunday.
Many of the migrants say they plan to spend the night in Tobago, but will return to Trinidad when their process has been completed.
At the close of the day on Saturday, only 221 had registered in Tobago while 97 were allowed in Sunday at the close of the business day.