Sunday, November 19, 2017

40,000 Venezuelans in T&T: Dillon not sure*

MAKING HIS POINT: National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, right, answers a question during yesterday’s symposium on “The Prevalence and Growth of Private Security Companies in Trinidad and Tobago, the Absence of Regulation and the Impact on National Security”, hosted by the Joint Select Committee on National Security at Hyatt Regency. At left is Alan Clamp, chief executive officer of the Security Industry Authority, UK. —Photo courtesy The Office of the Parliament of T&T


National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says there is no evidence that there are more than 40,000 Venezuelan nationals living in T&T.
Dillon was responding to comments made by programme coordinator of the Living Water Community’s Ministry For Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Rochelle Nakhid.
During a stakeholder meeting at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St Augustine on Tuesday, Nakhid said there was an estimated 40,000 Venezuelan nationals living in this country both legally and illegally. But she said the majority were illegal migrants.
Former director of the UWI Institute of International Relations, Dr Anthony Gonzales, said this posed a security threat to T&T as migrants could be involved in crimes like drug and weapons trading as well as trafficking.
Questioned on the matter following a National Security Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain yesterday, Dillon said there was no way to know for certain the number of Venezuelans currently in T&T.

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