Venezuelans

Migrants plead: Give us a chance to work

The grow­ing ex­pres­sion of xeno­pho­bic com­ments to­wards the Venezue­lan com­mu­ni­ty has left many of them fright­ened, but many of them say they are just ask­ing for a chance to prove their crit­ics wrong.

The group Venezue­lans Unit­ed by Work has been sourc­ing jobs for Venezue­lan mi­grants even be­fore the reg­is­tra­tion process be­gan, but they are hop­ing the reg­is­tra­tion will now al­low for the com­mu­ni­ty to show just what they can con­tribute to the coun­try.

Free room and board in Tobago

Three days be­fore the end of the reg­is­tra­tion process, hun­dreds of Venezue­lan na­tion­als re­main hope­ful they will get the chance to reg­is­ter in To­ba­go.

Most of them left long lines at the two reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres in Trinidad and trav­elled to To­ba­go with the hope that they can reg­is­ter at the Car­o­line Build­ing, in Scar­bor­ough eas­i­ly.

On Wednes­day morn­ing, many mi­grants re­turned to the To­ba­go cen­tre hav­ing slept at var­i­ous guests hous­es and ho­tels for free.

Former IIR Head: Accept Venezuelans, but have a plan

Former director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at the University of the West Indies' St Augustine campus, Andy Knight, is supporting  Government's decision to provide refuge to Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing the deteriorating conditions in their country. However, he is also advising that this should not be done in an ad-hoc manner to avoid any future complications.

AG: Migrants linked to certain crimes

T&T is grap­pling with eco­nom­ic mi­grants since Venezue­lans be­gan to seek refuge here and it is a fact that the coun­try has seen an uptick in “cer­tain of the crimes” as re­sult of some of the mi­grant is­sues, says At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi.

“The Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er can speak to that him­self,” Al-Rawi added in Sen­ate on Tues­day.

“But suf­fice to say the num­ber of mur­ders has been not­ed to have risen as a re­sult of some of our mi­gra­tion is­sues. I’m not talk­ing on­ly about Venezuela, I’m talk­ing about oth­er po­si­tions.”

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants sleep in Scarborough

Approximately 300 Venezuelan asylum seekers, most of whom travelled from Trinidad, spent the night on the streets of Scarborough Monday awaiting Tuesday's 7 am opening of the Tobago amnesty registration centre at Caroline Building, Wilson Road.

According to Emily Lyon, a Venezuelan who travelled to Tobago to register, a list with names of persons outside the centre was organised by a group leader to determine each person's position in the registration line.

Venezue­lan mi­grants ap­peal to Gov­ern­ment: Extend registration deadline

With the end of the reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­od draw­ing close and the mi­grant num­bers in­creas­ing, Venezue­lans are ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the dead­line.

The ap­peal came as hun­dreds of Venezue­lans, many with their ba­bies and chil­dren, con­verge dai­ly out­side of Achie­vor’s Ban­quet Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do for hours, hop­ing to be reg­is­tered.

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