The National Democratic Party (NDP) government is being accused of causing or encouraging segregation between locals and expatriates.
Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie levelled those accusations at a VIP press conference on Saturday; describing the move as a political play from the NDP.
“[I encourage] those who are Belongers by birth, those who are Belongers by status, those you are non-Belongers not to join into this frenzy that the current government is doing by trying to take the expatriate community to turn them against the indigenous and take the indigenous and turn them against the expatriate community just for votes,” Fahie said.
To support his claims, the opposition leader cited a number of NDP-commissioned Immigration policies, which he suggested prejudiced the local expat community — especially those from the wider Caribbean.
One such policy Fahie mentioned was the government’s decision to exempt Chinese nationals from the BVI’s visa entry requirements. The opposition leader then went on to denounce segregation in the British Virgin Islands.
“The Virgin Islands Party is all about the people whether they come from the Caribbean islands or not,” the party chairman said. “We’re not the ones who took the visa regime off of the Chinese and then leave the rest of people in the Caribbean, the ones who tell you that they love you is who did it. We’re not the ones who carry you up to get a residency, the ones who said they love you is who did it. We’re not the ones who carry your work exemption up to 20 years, the ones who said they love you is who did it. So they are talking love but they’re not showing love.”
“The Virgin Islands Party will be about uniting the people of the Virgin Islands and not dividing just to look for votes. That will leave this country in a mess that we will never recover from,” he added.
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