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More cuban migrants arrive; migrants issue addressed

Another boat load of Cuban migrants arrived on the shores of Cayman Brac Wednesday (28 January) evening.

The issue of migration continues to impact the Caribbean and as a result two local government officials attended the united nations regional consultative process on migration in Belize last week.

Michael Ebanks, assistant Chief Officer in the Home Affairs ministry, and Christopher Eakin, Policy Director at Immigration, took part in the conference.

“We anticipate that human mobility will continue to grow in scope, scale, and complexity, and forums such as this allow us to find solutions for our national security within the context of the wider international arena,” said Mr. Ebanks.

The group examined matters of national security, refugee protection, trafficking in persons, human smuggling, intelligence services and counter-terrorism around the region. Government says the Cayman Islands is considered as only one of two Caribbean countries with comprehensive legislation protecting asylum seekers and refugees and the only country in the region with a functioning asylum system.

It is understood the Immigration Department is dealing with the recent batch of Cuban migrants on the Brac.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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