Issues at the Immigration Detention Centre are being addressed

The Minister of National Security Major General (Ret’d) the Honourable Edmund Dillon is assuring the local and international publics that the situation at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) is under control, following protest action taken by a small group of detainees yesterday afternoon.

The Minister wishes to underscore that the Ministry of National Security is working assiduously in making arrangements to repatriate detainees to their homeland, as well as further improve living conditions at the facility. Over the past few months, the Ministry expended more than one million dollars in the refurbishment, upgrade and outfitting of the facility.

The Immigration Division has encountered and continues to face numerous repatriation challenges by detainees housed at the IDC. Many continue to refuse to provide accurate identification information such as their name, country of birth and their travel documents. Some, as well, have raised legal challenges against their repatriation. In addition, some countries are not always willing to land deportees in transition, which creates difficulties in sourcing cost-effective landing routes that would allow for their eventual return home. This contributes to delays in repatriating many detainees, particularly those from far off destinations.

The Ministry of National Security continues to work closely with foreign missions and embassies in order to secure the true identity of the detainees so that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago can repatriate them to their country of birth in the shortest possible time.

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