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.

No NIS deductions for working Venezuelans

Thou­sands of Venezue­lan mi­grants are ex­pect­ed to en­ter the coun­try’s work­force fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent reg­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy pro­gramme and while em­ploy­ment will pro­vide many with the life­line need­ed dur­ing their stay, no mea­sures have been im­ple­ment­ed by the gov­ern­ment for the state’s cof­fers to reap any ben­e­fits.

Tobago Imam applauds Venezuelan registration

Imam Yusuf Diab, of the Crown Point Mus­lim sect, ap­plauds Gov­ern­ment’s move to reg­is­ter and of­fer Venezue­lans em­ploy­ment and med­ical ser­vices for one year.

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia at the Crown Point Masjid on the eve of the cel­e­bra­tion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Imam said he is hap­py the Gov­ern­ment be­gan the ini­tia­tive.

He made it clear that as an Or­tho­dox sect, his or­gan­i­sa­tion did not get in­volved in Gov­ern­ments’ af­fairs.

How­ev­er, as a busi­ness­man, he saw “the reg­is­tra­tion as a good idea.”

Bilingual job application forms for Venezuelans

Venezuelan nationals seeking employment in this country after registering in the government's amnesty, are being catered for by some companies, with bilingual application forms.

Among those companies is Prestige Holdings, which has now adapted its forms with Spanish translations to ensure that the Venezuelan nationals could understand.

Prestige Holdings is the parent company of Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays and Starbucks.

The registration process runs from May 31 to June 14.

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.