Supporting Jamaican Deported Migrants and their Families
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Brief description of the initiative
The Project harnessed the capacities of deported migrants to contribute to Jamaican development, and, ensure the rights of deported returnees in Jamaica and the rights of families of imprisoned migrants.
Main thematic areas
The main objectives were: raising awareness of the developmental value of ensuring deported returnees have access to support in reintegration; research on the needs of women deportees; informing and educating deportees, employers and the Jamaican public of their rights; building the capacities of returnees to contribute to development through skills training and certification; protecting the human rights of children of deported migrants and migrants in prison overseas.
The main activities were: garment skills training and certification for 25 women; support to 20 children; awareness-raising media campaign; workshops in schools with deported returnees; action research to identify 75 deportees' needs.
The main beneficiaries were: female deported returnees and children of imprisoned migrants.
There are no official, express legal restrictions on the rights of deported persons in Jamaica. Nor are there any obligations placed on deported persons to disclose to the general public their status as a “deportee” or their criminal convictions abroad. Deported persons are free to seek employment and education, at all levels, and are also able to vote and participate freely in the national and local government. So what is the problem that ‘deportees’ voice so readily and often? The unofficial restrictions that exist to disrupt the lives of these deported persons, the “unofficial policy,” the stigma, is what they are mercilessly affected by. The question thus becomes, how does Jamaica, as a nation, deal with the unofficial policy of ostracizing deported persons?
By: Lisa-Marie Elliott
Jamaicans for Justice
2 Fagan Avenue
UWI, Hibiscus Jamaica and International Funding Agencies Support Call for National Organization of Deported Migrants
A call has been made for the establishment of a national organization to address the needs and issues of deported migrants in Jamaica (...)
The establishment of this national organization to address the needs and issues of deported migrants in Jamaica was spawned by the JMDI project [J-105] Supporting Jamaican Deported Migrants and their Families, in particular a series of rights workshops with recently deported persons held in the context of the project.
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