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Free Movement within Caricom

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Free Movement within Caricom

A meeting was held in Trinidad on December 3 and 4, 2018 to discuss increased free movement between people of the Caricom,

The list of categories of people now able to travel and work now include:

  • University Graduates
  • Artists
  • Sports Persons
  • Musicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Trained Teachers
  • Caribbean Vocational Qualification graduates   
  • Agricultural Workers
  • Security Guards
  • Beauticians
  • Barbers

The Caricom states are working towards full free movement of nationals from all member states. They are also working towards developing a public procurement process which will be in place by 2019 which will allow businesses from the region to bid on contracts.

While this is all good, the fact that talks are commencing in the Caribbean, over in Europe Britain is discussing how to exit the European Union. The European Union was designed to allow free passage between member countries, in the same way that Caricom is working towards free movement. And at this time, Britain is discussing how to exit this union. Britain wants to exit because an influx of immigrants all headed to the UK. They fled countries with poor economic outlook, and headed en mass to the UK. This made life for those in lower income brackets more difficult instead of easier because now there was more competition. 

The UK is getting rid of that system and I hope that Caricom members use the experience of the European Union when drafting their plan. 

    Caribbean American Passport

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