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Diaspora urged to assist Jamaicans in regularlising immigration status overseas

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Former Minister of National Security Dr. Peter Phillips Former Minister of National Security Dr. Peter Phillips
KINGSTON, September 10, 2016 - Against rhe background of the  deportation of 42 Jamaicans from the UK, former minister of national security, Dr. Peter Phillips  wants the government to formally engage members of the diaspora to assist Jamaicans overseas who need to regularise their immigration status.

The deportation, the first since 2014,  has generated significant discussion because some of those removed had appeals pending, while most have families in the UK.

Dr. Phillips, who was National Security Minister when the agreement was made with the UK for the return of  Jamaicans, argues that collaborations are necessary to assist those who are not compliant with immigration laws.

He outlined that the genesis of the agreement, which provides for the return of Jamaicans who come in conflict with the law, was born out of a disagreement with how Jamaicans were being deported.

"We were concerned, first of all, to resist dedicated flights and so we certainly didn't have any agreement that provided for (those) flights, since we were concerned that that would be a means to circumvent the rights of Jamaicans in the UK who were having problems with going through due process," insisted Dr. Phillips.

"This is an area in which there can be a combination of efforts on the parts of both the Jamaican authorities - official and non-government - and the persons in the United States and we can use our diaspora organisations in good effect in that regard," he asserted.