The issue is hardly about the number of migrants.
Have you watched all four minutes of that BBC newstory? As a citizen you ought to be highly offended. It not only attempts to cast Trinidad as the most inhospitable and unwelcoming place, but it also perpetuates a lie that there were people deliberately excluded from the registration process when the truth is quite the opposite.
There was also no attempt by the BBC to provide context or balance. For example: Why no government or immigration department comment? Why no attempt to further elaborate on the reasons there may be for public resentment? Why no reporting on the fact that people had been wilfully inflating the figures on migrants by 10 times and more just in an effort to create panic, unease and resentment?
Even that repeated clip of a hysterical anti-immigrant protestor should have been used as an opportunity by the reporter to not only make it clear that those views are in the minority, but he could have gone further to explain that migrants are not guaranteed housing, employment or any other state assistance, and therefore present no additional burden on our social services ie they are not taking bread from anyone’s mouth.
In short, this was one of the worst examples of journalism to be had anywhere. A hatchet job from a public broadcaster in a country that has long rolled up it’s own welcome mat and has demonized foreigners and foreign influence. It was hypocritical, inaccurate and bedded deeply in sensationalism.
There are some countries around the world where for less of an insult, people are proud and patriotic enough to march in the streets.
Now tell me again, why aren’t you angry again?