As the world commemorates International Migrants Day, the Opposition is calling for the creation of an Inter-Ministerial Task Force that can assess the conditions of migrants in Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudranath Indarsingh MP, the Government’s handling of incoming migrants—mainly those from Venezuela—has been careless, insensitive, inefficient, and inconsistent with global best practices.
“This Government failed to protect migrants against critical issues such as the illegal seizure of passports, the extended detention of migrants at the International Detention Centre, and the rise of Venezuelan gangs,” Indarsingh said.
The Opposition MP noted that from a labour perspective, the integration of Venezuelan labour into the local economy continues to be a concern, as they continue to be exploited by unscrupulous employers.
He added that Venezuelans continue to be subject to economic and sexual exploitation.
MP Indarsingh also recalled nine-month-old baby Yaelvis Santoyo Sarabia, who was shot in the head by the Coast Guard earlier this year, pointing out that the government mishandled that situation as well.