Haitian migrants charged with illegal landing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Immigration officials hauled dozens of illegal Haitian migrants before the courts on Friday, charging them with illegal landing. The group of 55 Haitian nationals were apprehended by immigration officials between January 3 and January 7. Immigration officials initially nabbed 29 undocumented Haitians on a sloop near Man-O-War Cay on January 3. Additional […]

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Henfield: Illegal migration is a security threat

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The influx of illegal Haitian migrants to The Bahamas is a decades-old issue that all governments have struggled to effectively address and contain. And as the issue remains rife for many, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said uncontrolled immigration is posing a threat to the national security of The Bahamas. “The unfettered […]

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Immigration to use drones to assist with apprehensions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As illegal migration has been an ongoing issue for decades, the government has recently issued a request for proposal to secure drones to assist immigration officials in their apprehension efforts, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette revealed Tuesday. “The government, as you have seen in the newspapers, have a request for proposal out […]

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More illegal migrants apprehended in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Immigration officers continued their search over the weekend for any additional undocumented Haitians who may have been onboard a wooden sloop which landed in Abaco last Thursday. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) confirmed Friday that an overnight search of outlying areas uncovered an additional 25 undocumented Haitian nationals. Immigration officials initially […]

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Haitian migrants apprehended in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Just three days into the new year, immigration officials apprehended 54 Haitian nationals in the Abacos on Thursday afternoon. The apprehension was the result of a joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Immigration Department. A statement released last night by the RBDF outlined […]

Arrested Dominican fishermen released

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney General Carl Bethel confirmed yesterday that seven Dominican fishermen who were apprehended earlier this week were released because there was no apparent crime to charge them with. According to reports issued by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, officers apprehended a group of Dominican fishermen for allegedly operating in Bahamian waters on […]

3,041 reside in 6 Abaco shantytowns, report reveals

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An Abaco shantytown assessment report, which surveyed 777 households, indicated that 3,041 people reside in six shantytowns on Abaco, inclusive of Sand Banks, Farm Road, L & H (treasure cay), the Mudd, Pigeon Pea and Elbow Cay. The report, released Wednesday, revealed that 80 per cent of persons are documented while 41 per […]

3,500-plus in Abaco shantytowns

20% undocumented   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An estimated 80 per cent of the more than 3,500 shantytown residents spread across Abaco have legal status to be in The Bahamas, while 20 per cent or 707 people are undocumented, according to preliminary data provided by the Shantytown Action Task Force (SATF). Three-thousand, five hundred and thirty-nine […]

Symonette: Govt. on alert following Haiti’s earthquake

The Government has put its agencies on high alert in the event that there is an influx of Haitians attempting to enter the country following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday. “There will be an increase in the normal border control, including the Defence Force’s Air wing, Immigration, the Police and so […]

PM: Govt. to crack down on foreign hires

While government seeks to remedy the national crisis of a skills gap, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis asserted Monday that it will also heighten its efforts to crack down on employers who illegally employ foreign workers to meet employment demand. Dr. Minnis’ assertions came at the opening of a National Skills Symposium launched at the National […]