DeportCaribbean countries are preparing for the influx of deportees from the U.S. and U.K.

On Wednesday, Guyana’s government announced plans to implement programs aimed at reintegrating deportees into society.

Citizenship Minister Winston Felix said the Government will continue to engage authorities from the countries where the nationals are being deported from, as well as work with the Guyana Police Force and the Foreign Affairs Ministry to monitor and assist the returning nationals.

It will also do its best to create an enabling environment for deportees to become productive citizens.

As of December, at least 25 Guyanese nationals have been deported from the U.S., some who’ve left as children and had not returned since.

While in Jamaica more than 30 nationals – including 6 women, were deported from the U.K yesterday.

They were met at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport by a team from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry of National Security is providing case managers to assist the deportees with reintegration and the organization ‘Root to Return’ is providing legal aide to those who wish to pursue returning to the UK.

Many of the Jamaican deportees also left as children and don’t know anyone living in the island, thus there is also concern regarding their safety, as some deportees have been killed, stigmatized of being criminals or women falling victim because they have no place to go.

Jo Wheeler