Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security released a statement on Monday, seeking to assure the public that all Involuntary Returned Migrants (IRM) will be provided with support to facilitate rehabilitation and reintegration into society through its IRM Project.
Through the project, the Ministry said, the capacity of service providers, such as Non-Government Organizers, has been improved “to ensure that those IRMs who are not received by family and friends are also adequately supported with food, shelter, clothing, employment and education opportunities.”
It said, since the establishment of the programme in 2008, significant strides have been made to streamline the processing of various categories of involuntary persons from the point of reception to reintegration.
In that regard, the ministry has highlighted successes achieved in achieving more efficient processing and identity verification of IRMs and the issuance of official national identification.
It says there’s also an emerging partnership involving the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Cities Alliance through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“The partnership seeks to strengthen migration policies, legislative and institutional frameworks that guide the management and treatment of IRMs in the country,” the national security ministry disclosed.
It said the initiative was part of a part of a broader programme “embedded in the Ministry’s Five Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy with a specific focus on the Rehabilitation and Redemption Pillar, in keeping with the Vision 2030 Jamaica - National Development Plan.”
Last week the United Kingdom deported 29 Jamaicans, sparking concerns not just about whether the process was fair, but also with regard to their uncertain fate in the land of their birth.