Chinese Nationals in Guyana Urged to Keep Documents in Order
Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2007
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA): Chinese nationals residing in Guyana are being urged to ensure that all their documents are in order to avoid having to face the full penalty of the law. During a meeting held on Monday at the Chinese Embassy to educate nationals on the importance of proper documentation and the correct procedure that should be used, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee urged that they take documentation seriously.
Source:Caribbean Net News
One of the pillar issues which BU have flogged since our inception is a concern for our open door policy concerning immigration. Many have accused us of being xenophobic and that is OK. We have used simple arguments to support our point that the immigration policy of Babados MUST be regulated. We have used the policy of First World countries to demonstrate our point. USA, Canada and now the EU have implemented or are in the process of ensuring immigrants allowed into their respective countries match their manpower needs. They are expected to add value to the productive capacity of the country. Many First World countries manage their Immigration Policy within a framework of a National Development Plan. It is only Barbados a country with a paucity of resources that believe we should be the home to ALL nationalities. We are a country 21×14, 166 square miles and densely populated. Why is it that our government which is comprised of learned people seems hell bent on operating with this open door policy?
It was refreshing to hear Leader of the Opposition David Thompson in a news clip today speaking in a measured way to this issue. To summarize he suggested that Barbados must develop an Immigration Policy given our limited resources. We know that it is the silly season and Thompson must appear to say the right things. However there is an element of risk associated with speaking to this issue at a time when any nationalistic posture maybe deemed anti-CSME or xenophobic. It seems however that Thompson has assessed the situation well and has come to the conclusion that the vast majority of Barbadians, contrary to Peter Wickham’s pronouncement are concerned about the flood of strange people entering our small country in an unregulated manner. One group which has concerned Barbadians the most has been the Indo-Guyanese.
In was with amusement that we read an article emailed by a member of the BU family ( we thank you V!) which reported the Guyanese Minister of Home Affairs cautioning the growing Chinese population in Guyana that their documents need to be in order or face ‘the full penalty of the law’. We should do justice to Minister Rohee and quote exactly what he told a Chinese gathering in Guyana last week:
Documentation is extremely important. You always have to ensure that your documents are in order and that your stay is regularised. The consequences could be very severe because the law could be very unkind,” Rohee said.
Even more amusing was the response by the Guyana Chinese Ambassador to the chiding by Minister Rohee when compared to what we have come to expect from Norman Faria in a similar situation in Barbados:
Abide by the law of Guyana and learn more about it….Over the years we (Chinese) have made significant contribution to the development of this country and have also been able to better our diplomatic relations. Let that continue,” Jungao said.
It should be clear to anyone who want to hear by now that all countries have concerns about unregulated immigration, including Guyana!
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