Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has told Jamaicans that his government is concerned about protecting the interests of nationals of that country in Trinidad and Tobago.
Al Rawi said there were between 8,000 and 9,000 Jamaicans in T&T, according to a report in the Jamaica Observer newspaper.
The newspaper said that “many have overstayed their time and are susceptible to unscrupulous persons who want to take advantage of their undocumented status.”
According to the report, Al Rawi said his government wants to ensure that the undocumented Jamaicans receive “the best treatment possible” and “are not subject to low pay and trafficking conditions.”
The AG was quoted as saying: “Usually when people stay beyond their permitted extension time and work in a society, they essentially fall off the radar and that is when you can face all kinds of prejudice.”
He added: “It is with regard for the people of Jamaica that we need to protect their workers’ rights, and also the fact that they are Caricom nationals.”
He noted that discussions have begun between the prime ministers of both countries.
Al Rawi said: “These friendships are borne out of mutual respect and the understanding that we share the same goals, have the same vision and are from a Caribbean community that is bonded together for life.”
The AG was in Jamaica for a meeting of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), which he chairs.
CFATF is made up of 27 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America and addresses money laundering, funding of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Back home, Al Rawi said Saturday that he discussed the recently amended Strategic Services Agency (SSA) Act.