Venezuelans to leave Irwin Park facility today

Chair­man of the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh says that time is up for the Venezue­lan mi­grants who have been stay­ing at Ir­win Park, Siparia for the last two weeks.

As they leave on Tues­day, Ra­mad­hars­ingh said that they will be pre­sent­ed with mat­tress­es and oth­er items that have been col­lect­ed for them over that time.

He said that he has en­sured that all of the mi­grants have gone through the reg­is­tra­tion process of Gov­ern­ment’s amnesty.

How­ev­er, he said it was a dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing time and no more can be ac­com­mo­dat­ed.

On May 22, South West­ern Di­vi­sion po­lice de­tained 105 mi­grants, in­clud­ing chil­dren who were found in a camp in the for­est of Pa­lo Seco.

But with­out suf­fi­cient re­sources to keep them in cus­tody, the mi­grants were giv­en or­ders of su­per­vi­sion and re­leased, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ac­cess to gov­ern­ment’s amnesty for Venezue­lan na­tion­als flee­ing their coun­try’s so­cio-eco­nom­ic woes.

With nowhere to go, 72 mi­grants were al­lowed to camp in the sport­ing fa­cil­i­ty.

Ra­mad­hars­ingh said that he took an emer­gency ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion to open up the fa­cil­i­ty be­cause the mi­grants were lit­er­al­ly liv­ing off the streets of Siparia. Since then, he said 24/7 care, se­cu­ri­ty and food were giv­en to them.

An ap­peal was made to the pub­lic and the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty to as­sist in pro­vid­ing rental pay­ment, stoves, fridges and mat­tress­es in an at­tempt to have the mi­grants tran­si­tion in­to a rental liv­ing.

He said this was done so that they can have a safe place over their heads, es­pe­cial­ly those fam­i­lies with women and chil­dren.

Reporter: Kevon Felmine

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