Trinidad and Tobago is being asked by the Caribbean Center for Human Rights to consider establishing a properly managed asylum system.
The appeal comes on World Refugee Day being celebrated today.
The Center suggests the system should have a well-designed response, guided by a refugee policy or law.
In a media release on Monday, the Center said the policy would do more for our national security.
It said a refugee policy is also necessary to define the roles and responsibilities of all actors involved in receiving asylum seekers, from the coast guard, to the police to the immigration officials.
The Center claimed the number of matters in the courts challenging detention, deportations and other human rights violations would also decrease, reducing the burdens on our justice system and state resources.