Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted that Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political turmoil has been impacting T&T and the wider region.
Rowley made the comment at a press conference yesterday at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, in the presence of Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who visited our country with a delegation on Wednesday night and left on Thursday night.
As thousands of Venezuelan migrants rush to register ahead of Friday's deadline, there were calls for more compassion to be shown toward newborn babies and pregnant women who were being pushed to the back of the line in the humid weather.
Mothers with babies just weeks old were told at about 9 am that there were 350 migrants inside the Achievors Banquet Hall in Duncan Village, San Fernando waiting to be registered as part of government's amnesty programme.
No T&T permanent residency or citizenship for Venezuelan registration applicants, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.
He was responding to remarks by the Venezuelan Ambassador Carlos Perez that registrants may have a chance for permanent residence or citizenship with the current registration drive.
Young also responded similarly when queried on the matter by the Opposition in Parliament on Monday.
On day one of the registration process to grant Venezuelan asylum seekers amnesty, only a few turned up at the Tobago centre located at Caroline Building, 36 Wilson Road, Scarborough.
One of them, Audrey Henderson, who has been living and working in Tobago for the past 18 months was among the first to arrive. He said prior to the economic crisis in Venezuela he lived a " good life" as a sailor.
As the boat that brought her to Trinidad and Tobago neared the shore at Cedros, “opportunity” was on the mind of Margaret Ebjeh. A 37-year-old mother of four, this Venezuelan migrant’s immediate future now hinges on the Government’s migrant amnesty policy which begins on Friday. Not only will she be able to work legally in this country for a year after completing the process, but Ebjeh will finally be able to visit her four children back in Venezuela and return to T&T without a hiccup.
Day-after-day, the Ordaz family, who settled in Penal after fleeing Venezuela, go in search of work.
They were among 105 people who were arrested by the police after being found in the forests near Palo Seco last week.
Since they were granted Orders of Supervision notices by the Immigration Division, they have been trying to earn a living.
They sell cake and arepas to earn money to pay a $3,000 rent for a house they occupy at Morne Diablo.
Seventeen of them live in the house.
A Venezuelan refugee who had six relatives aboard a pirogue which disappeared on May 16 with 29 passengers which left Güiria for Chaguaramas is pleading for authorities in T&T and Venezuela to locate them.
Kender Berra, who has been living in this country for more than a year, believes the missing pirogue Ana María was hijacked.
Berra, who is originally from El Tigre, Anzoátegui state, told a Venezuelan news outlet he and his brother waited in vain on a wharf in Chaguaramas for the vessel to arrive.