Measures are now being taken to ensure the swift repatriation of Trinidadian farm workers in Canada.
The workers travelled to Canada in May to participate in that country’s seasonal fruit-picking programme, after appealing to National Security Minister Stuart Young to allow them to leave TT to do so.
Now, with some of the programmes closed and their work permits expired the workers are desperate to return home.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne said he has been working with the National Security Minister and the Canadian High Commissioner to ensure that the TT farm workers are repatriated and the plan is that they return home batches.
He said “In the interim, we have requested provisional arrangements that would extend the permits of those that remain in Canada. The matter is the subject of detailed and constructive ongoing dialog with the government of Canada.”