Premier Andrew Fahie has volunteered himself to be held to account by the regional community.
In what could be described as a bold move, Premier Andrew Fahie promised a delegation of regional leaders that he will grant permanent residency to Caribbean expats who have lived, worked, and raised children in the BVI for several years.
Fahie made that promise to leaders of the member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) last Thursday.
He said most of the expats whose status will be reviewed and ‘regularised’ are from the Eastern Caribbean, “particularly St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica”.
“Many of these people –
“My government believes that it is an economic and moral imperative that we fix this situation and afford residency and more permanent status arrangements for the many families who have been kept in limbo and forced to live a life of uncertainty all these years.”
He continued: “We will regularise for persons, such as the St Lucian restaurant attendant at one of the places I eat from regularly in Road Town, who came to help her aunt in her store as a 16-year-old out of school, nearly 20 years ago. She has three children, all born in the BVI. Up to today, neither she nor her children have any official status.”
Premier Fahie described the current state of affairs whereby these category of expats are not granted permanent residency as
Premier Fahie’s promise to the regional community comes days after making a similar pledge locally. He said a special committee will be established to execute the mandate.
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