Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, says that the number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago continues to decline.
Speaking at a news briefing in New Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, Johnson Smith said that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry into T&T in 2017, a reduction from the 416 persons in 2016.
Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith says the number of instances involving Jamaicans being refused entry into Trinidad and Tobago has fallen 82 percent between March 2016 and March 2017.
She told members of the media that only one Jamaican filed a report during the period and that was made in February.
The minister was giving quarterly updates on her portfolio at the ministry’s office in New Kingston.
Jamaica is reporting a significant decline in the number of its nationals who have been denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December last year.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said apart from the 64 percent reduction, there have also been fewer complaints of mistreatment from officials in Port of Spain.
“We received feedback from travellers and through enquiries by our Jamaican High Commission in Port of Spain that there is generally an improved experience at immigration,” she said.
Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says some 326 Jamaicans were denied entry to the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2015.
Additionally, she said 113 Jamaicans have been denied entry to the country from January to March of this year.
Johnson Smith was making her presentation to the Senate on Friday when she made the revelation.
In recent times, several Jamaicans have complained bitterly in regards to the treatment meted out to them by immigration officers in that country subsequent to deportation.
A group of Jamaican nationals who were sent back to Jamaica after landing in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, are now voicing their disgust over what they say was unfair and inhumane treatment.
Some of the group's members say they were forced to sleep on the ground in an interview with Jamaican media on Tuesday.
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