In the face of concerns over its nationals absconding in Canada after leaving here to participate in that country’s farm workers programme, Saint Lucia is considering requesting a security deposit before they depart.
“We are also considering, is there a need to introduce what we call a kind of security deposit, so that those persons who are participating in the programme must make that deposit with the understanding that on their return, they will receive their deposit,” says Labour Minister, Stephenson King.
“We are now tightening the process for selection,” King told reporters on Tuesday.
He said this would include tightening up background checks.
The Castries North MP explained that in some instances, the authorities here had relaxed the background checks because of the urgency of the need.
“Now what we need to do is to extend the time for processing, meaning from application date, interviews and then community background checks, in addition to police records, etc,” King noted.
He told reporters that once someone who is participating in the Canada farm workers programme absconds, Canadian authorities would active the process of finding them.
“We do have leads and hopefully we will be able to get onto them,” the Labour Minister asserted.
Headline photo caption: Farm workers stock photo