by Ugo Adlai
Basseterre, St.Kitts (Janaury 8th, 2018):- US Deportations to the Caribbean continue to be of concern to law enforcement in the region. Already grappling with continuing and in many cases rising violent and other criminal activity Caribbean government and law enforcement agencies are having to also deal with an seek to manage the steady flow of deportees back to the islands from the US .
According to recent ICE Reports for 2017 some 96 persons were deported to the OECS and associated countries in the region. This figure is up from 65 in 2016.
Some 226,000 persons were deported from the US for criminal and non-criminal activities in 2017. Of the 96 St.Lucia topped the OECS with some 23 deportees during the year. Antigua-Barbuda followed with 19 and St.Kitts-Nevis was 3rd with 16. Grenada followed with 15 and Dominica and St.Vincent and Grenadines followed with 10 each. Barbados received 19 while the British VIRGIN Islands and Anguilla received 3 and 1 respectively. St.Kitts-Nevis saw the most significant increase almost doubling the number of persons deported from 2016 with 9 to 16 in 2017.
Caribbean wide HAITI was by far the largest with some 5578 deportees followed by Dominican Republic with 1986 and Jamaica with 782. Cuba had 160 with Guyana and Trinidad recording 137 and 128 respectively .