Jamaica braces for influx of deportees

Jamaica is bracing for in influx of deportees from the United Kingdom. So far 100 of them have been sent back home on a charter flight and another batch is expected next week.

A further 32 were deported last week making it a total of 132 so far.

The last mass deportation of 42 persons was in September 2016.

The latest deportation comes following discussion between the minister of national security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British High Commission over concerns raised by persons who have previously deported, many of whom no longer have family ties in Jamaica, having left there as children.

A release from the National Security Ministry sought to explain that all legal avenues of appeal in the UK have been exhausted.

The ministry said the deportees have no legal rights in the UK and that the government of Jamaica, therefore, obligated, under international law, to receive its nationals on their return.

The deportees were met upon arrival in Kingston by Jamaica Constabulary Force and an officer from the Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives of the National Organization for Deported Migrants (NODM) to receive the Jamaican nationals, a non-governmental organization funded by the British High Commission.

The ministry also stated that returned deportees had also benefitted from the consular services and support of the staff of the Jamaica High Commission in London throughout the deportation process.

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