Officials in the region have been discussing ways to combact the smuggling of migrants and other vulnerable groups news in the Caribbean.
The International Organization for Migration Guyana has collaborated with CARICOM Impacts to develop a legislative framework for counter smuggling of migrants in the Caribbean.
Regional Director of IOM America, Central America and the Caribbean, Michele Klein-Solomon said smuggling of migrants in the Caribbean is a substantial threat.
“It is no secret that the migrant smuggling networks is prominent in the region and it is likely that other criminal networks exist which could threaten national security, interest and the realization of regional intergration mechanisms that aim to promote free, safe, orderly and regulur migration practices,” she said.
Deputy Director of International Affairs at Trinidad’s Ministry of National Security, Richard Lynch said that his country is vulnerable to smuggling by sea due to its closeness to South America.