Migrants

INTERNATIONAL: 39 bodies found in lorry container in Essex

The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex.

The vehicle, believed to have travelled from Bulgaria, was found shortly before 01:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, police said.

Everyone inside the container, 38 adults and one teenager, died, Essex Police said.

The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police said the vehicle entered the UK via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday.

Venezuelan registration: What happens after 5pm?

Despite calls from International human rights bodies, the registration period for Venezuelan migrants will close at 5 pm, according to national security minister Stuart Young.

However, Young has announced a system that will ensure those who are present outside registration centres at the close of registration will not be disadvantaged. 

In response to a question from the opposition in the lower house of Parliament, Young outlined a process to accommodate the backlog when gates close at 5 pm. 

Tobagonians have a change of heart

Church­es, sec­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing youth groups and schools ex­tend­ed a help­ing hand to Venezuela mi­grants, who left Trinidad to reg­is­ter at the To­ba­go cen­tre.

They pro­vid­ed blan­kets, wa­ter, break­fast, lunch and snacks, as the mi­grants braved the hot sun, wait­ing in line days be­fore reg­is­tra­tion was due to end on June 14.

From Sun­day af­ter­noon, hun­dreds of mi­grants be­gan pour­ing in­to To­ba­go by plane and fer­ry, flee­ing long lines at the two oth­er cen­tres in Trinidad.

PM: 13,900 migrants registered so far

Prime Minister Rowley said as of 10:30 last night, 13,900 migrants have registered at the three registration centres across the country.

The disclosure came as he answered questions from the Opposition in the Lower House this morning.

Today is the culmination of a two-week registration period in which Venezuelan migrants have been mandated by Government to declare their presence, in exchange for a special registration card and clearance to work for one year.

Ghana willing to help with migrant crisis

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has ad­mit­ted that Venezuela’s on­go­ing eco­nom­ic and po­lit­i­cal tur­moil has been im­pact­ing T&T and the wider re­gion.

Row­ley made the com­ment at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s, in the pres­ence of Ghana Pres­i­dent Nana Ad­do Dankwa Aku­fo-Ad­do who vis­it­ed our coun­try with a del­e­ga­tion on Wednes­day night and left on Thurs­day night.

Venezuelan migrants rush to Tobago as deadline approaches

With one week to go be­fore the dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion, over 200 Venezue­lans braved the in­clement weath­er in To­ba­go yes­ter­day and turned up at the Car­o­line Build­ing Reg­is­tra­tion Cen­tre in Scar­bor­ough, To­ba­go, in an at­tempt to get away from the long lines at the two lo­ca­tions in Trinidad.

This is the first time To­ba­go has seen such an in­flux, since the reg­is­tra­tion process com­menced nine days ago.Since the start of the reg­is­tra­tion process, To­ba­go has not seen any fig­ures ex­ceed­ing 40 mi­grants on a dai­ly ba­sis.

Hinds: About 850 migrants register daily

Gov­ern­ment’s amnesty reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve for Venezue­lans has so far at­tract­ed an av­er­age of 850 peo­ple pass­ing through most cen­tres dai­ly.

And those in line who aren’t at­tend­ed the same day, re­ceive a chit to ob­tain a pri­or­i­ty ap­pear­ance sub­se­quent­ly.

Act­ing Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Fitzger­ald Hinds con­firmed this on Tues­day in an up­date to re­porters at Par­lia­ment.

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