Government Spends $850k On “Managing Migrants”

| 28th April 2022 | 0 Comments
Customs and Border Control (CBC)

(RCN) The Cayman Islands Government spent $850,000 in 2021, to manage migrants, a GIS press release reported.

After the recent increase of migrants arriving in The Cayman Islands, The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) hosted a multiagency Mass Migration committee, to discuss the pressing issue.

“There is no benefit from intercepting seaborne migrants before their arrival on our shores because they will still have to be processed in the same manner in accordance with the International Convention on the Treatment of Refugees.” CBC Director Charles Clifford said in the GIS release. (RELATED: Cuban Migrants Disembark In Cayman Brac)

According to the press release, The Mass Migration Contingency Plan outlines the functions and responsibilities of the various government agencies, who all work together to provide a range of services including logistics, security and social services, and welfare. he Mass Migration Committee is responsible for implementing the contingency plan and the following agencies comprise the committee:  CBC (Chair), RCIPS, Cayman Islands Coast Guard, WORC, Ministry of Border Control & Labour, Office of the Governor, Office of the Deputy Governor, Department of Children & Family Services, Health Services Authority, Public Works Department (Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac offices), District Administration, Government information Services, Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI), H.M Cayman Islands Prison Services, Cayman Islands Regiment (CI Regiment). 

The migrants are from Cuba and are escaping the communist country on small, rundown boats. Cuba is one of the least free countries, with Freedom House giving the country a 12/100. The report stated that there was little to no political, social, or economical freedom. The Cuban community in Cayman held a protest in July 2021, to protest food shortages and electricity blackouts.

The press release also noted that if local authorities become overwhelmed with the immigrants, assistance will be sought from other neighboring British Overseas Territories through the Governor’s Office and/or the United Kingdom.

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