TRINIDAD: Asylum seekers flock to Church

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – No one at Living Water Community wanted to officially comment on the services provided in San Fernando. However, the Express was told that Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum were at the Church to provide their personal information.

Last week, National Security Minister Stuart Young announced that Venezuelan nationals in the country can register with the State to access limited public services between May 31 and June 14.

Young said the registration process should eliminate the exploitation that some Venezuelan nationals are currently subjected to from local employers.

Young also warned that the two-week amnesty will not be extended and registration centres are located in Arima, Scarborough, Cedros, Port of Spain and San Fernando.

Five million dollars has been budgeted for the exercise.

The Living Water Community assumes responsibility for identifying cases of concern to UNHCR ensuring their access to protection. This includes screening, psychological care and case management, humanitarian assistance, presenting asylum seekers to the Immigration Division, as well as access to and facilitation of UNHCR’s RSD procedure. Public awareness and advocacy are also coordinated.

The Express was also told that among the services provided, the LWC has learn to speak English classes for Venezuelan nationals.