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TTC Special: Anti-migration policies threat the Caribbean progress

TTC Special: Anti-migration policies threat the Caribbean progress

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TTC Service.- The anti-migration policies in the global economic centres are a threat for the Caribbean progress and its tourism industry.

According to th leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) the Jamaican politician Dr Peter Phillips the vision and reality of Caribbean progress are under threat from anti-migration policies in the global economic centres.

The region must take serious note of the re-emergence of antimigration policies, all of which would affect the region as countries that have benefited from global migration, said Phillips that is the leader of the opposition.

In a reference of certain current policies worldwide Dr Phillips said “the doctrines which support a revival of military interventionism threaten small countries like ours,” “We have no armies, no leverage available to match the great trading centres and powers of the world; our people can only hope and dream of development in a world bolstered by the rule of law, and not by might. Our only beneficial course is to support the rule of international law” he said.

“The push-back against the reality of climate change, the evidence of the re-emergence of ideologies and policies which seek to reverse the open and free global trading system, combined with a pattern of unilateralism replacing multilateralism in the exercise of trade policies, are amongst some of our concerns in the region” that lives from the tourism industry.

As cited by a Jamaican newspaper he pointed to the global recession, which left the Caribbean bludgeoned by declining earnings from tourism and mineral exports, commodity exports and unfair trading.

In the case of Jamaica and Barbados, he pointed out that high debt, declining incomes, and rising crime were major forces opposing our advancement.

“There is probably no other region in the world where the crisis was as widespread or its effects as prolonged as it was in the Caribbean” he lamented.

According to Dr Phillips, the Caribbean is facing its most serious challenge yet since independence, which is a combination of the economic challenges arising from the restructuring of the world economy and resulting from the emergence of the new power centres, and the seeming abandonment of multiculturalism.

He told the audience that with no debt forgiveness in sight, the region must manage well its resources.

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