December 9th, 2019
Published on December 18th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti0
Caribbean Consultation for Global Compact for Migration Held in Trinidad and Tobago
A Sub-Regional Consultation for the Caribbean towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is being held this week (27-28/11) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Hosted by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, these consultations are organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with the financial support of the European Union.
The event brought together government representatives from Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) representatives also participated in the planning and attended the event.
The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the experiences regarding migration governance in the Caribbean, a region which has been shaped by migration throughout its history, are considered during the development of the GCM.
For the Caribbean countries and territories, climate change and migration are a growing challenge, and a GCM could be a useful tool to meet it. Dominica registered a surge of 3,000 applications for first-time passport holders during the first ten days after hurricane Maria devastated the island. As hurricanes get stronger and more frequent in the Caribbean, its effects on sub-regional migration will increase.
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