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Turks and Caicos and Haiti discuss illegal migration
Published on January 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham and the minister of border control and labour, Donhue Gardiner, met on Wednesday with the consul general of Haiti to convey the concerns of the TCI government regarding illegal migration from Haiti.

Beckingham and Gardiner began by expressing sympathy to the Haitian government and people for the 17 Haitian lives lost on Christmas Day.

Consul Karlo Pelissier was told that the TCI government does not believe that enough is being done to stem the flow of illegal migrants.

Further, he was informed that the cost of interdiction and repatriation, over $1.2 million dollars this year, is unacceptable to the TCI.

He was reminded of the deficiencies in travel and identity documentation for Haitian citizens living in the TCI.

A request was made for a greater effort by the Haitian government to authenticate documents and prevent the apparent prevalence of forged or irregular documents coming from Haiti.
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