Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaking at the COB Forum on Immigration. He says it is the need for legal migration that is driving illegal migration. Berates former Minister McCartney for blindness #cob242
Immigration Board has always attached the condition of finding a Bahamian understudy as a condition for the renewal of your work permit renewals. There is a repeal process through the minister of the court if there is a disagreement.
The media, instead of reading the policy, they lash out at the government for its long standing state policy, particularly individuals who are not dispassionate, because they have an interest to maintain.
The public should be surprised by the government's Bahamian First policy as the government campaigned on this agenda. #cob242
Bahamians are for Bahamianisation in a macro sense, but in a micro sense they want their immigrant to be granted permission to work in the Bahamas.
Bahamians say they want the country to be cleaned up. If that is what you want that is what we will do, but there will be certain things you have to be prepared for. Immigration is a blunt instrument. It is not subtle. There are going to be consequences of enforcement. Are Bahamians prepared to accept the incursion on their civil rights. If everyone has to have an identity document wherever they go that means everyone has to have a document, including Bahamians.
Question: Why permits only for maids, labourers and handymen?
Minister: The idea the the policy is only applied for maids, labourers and handymen are framed by the media. We are dealing with a general policy, across the board, if there are Bahamians to do the job, then the policy is applied. You have 30% unemployment amongst people under 35yrs. That is an unskilled category. The perfect group you can train up to the skills at that level are in that category. In 12 months you can train people into that category of workers.
Bahamians work in McDonald’s and other establishments at minimum wage. What causes Bahamians to work in those jobs and not in people’s homes? Maybe it is that Bahamians do not want to do those jobs at the price being offered for their labour for those jobs.