Regional Immigration Officers under fire

Some regional Immigration Officers have come under fire for their mistreatment of Caricom nationals.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves, has said that some of the officers should be sanctioned and restrained.

He told the Saturday Sun that those who cannot function in the post should be placed elsewhere.

The comments of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines leader come in the wake of fresh complaints by at least two Jamaican women and a pregnant Guyanese about their treatment at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Gonsalves said the real problem was not regional governments, but rather lay with the refusal of some immigration officers to carry out the law as specified in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) case involving Jamaican Shanique Myrie.

Myrie was awarded damages in the sum of US$38,000 by the CCJ after she filed a lawsuit claiming she was subjected to a dehumanizing cavity search by a female immigration officer at Grantley Adams International Airport, locked in a filthy room overnight and deported to Jamaica in March 2011.

The CCJ had also ruled that Barbados should foot the bill of Myrie’s legal costs and said the action was a serious breach of her right of entry into that country.


  1. An OECS national
    September 10, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    It is a fact that CARICOM nationals get the worst treatment in Barbados because of the xenophobic and ultra-nationalistic nature of Bajan officials.
    Barbados is for Bajans so if you visit that Atlantic island (though in the West Indies it is not a Caribbean country because it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean) make sure you hurry home to the Caribbean.
    Unfortunately because it is the location of LIAT’s hub many OECS nationals are forced to transit through there during which time they experience endless horrors. Ralph knows what he is talking about.

    1. Anonymous
      September 11, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Kick them out of Caricom. Problem solved. But on another note, perhaps it is the behaviour of these nationals in their country. Remember it is still their country. I’ve never been treated badly in Barbados.

  2. Anonymous
    September 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

    This is not about “regional immigration officers”. It is about bad bajan behavior again.
    Other regional countries don’t treat Bajans that way. Shame on them.

  3. Anonymous
    September 11, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Why is there a picture of LIAT on this article?

  4. Anonymous
    September 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

    This nonsence must stopbaviourBarbadions

  5. I Said It!
    September 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I have never had the need to go Barbados. But Caricom countries will need to treat them equally or worst.

  6. Anonymous
    September 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Some Barbados nationals never liked saint lucians especially at the airport they’re very crude.
    Some of them are very rude and disrespectful to travelers.. The Prime Minister should address this issue as a Caricom Country and Nation.