PM Browne announces amnesty period from March 1 to April 30

PM Gaston Browne says his administration will offer amnesty to individuals living in the country whose status is not regularised.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne
Prime Minister Gaston Browne

In an effort to assist Antigua and Barbuda with sufficient labour domestically, Prime Minister Gaston Browne says his administration will offer amnesty to individuals living in the country whose status is not regularised.

The amnesty period will run from March 1 to April 30, 2022.

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne had said earlier that the island was showing signs of substantial recovery from the pandemic, and it was hoped that people would put their differences aside to ensure the country’s sustained socio-economic progress.

During his radio show in December, PM Browne had said that everyone should anticipate to sweat. “The Bible says by the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread,” and added that he want everyone to eat bread, “so they must sweat, work, and perform, and that is the call I will make in my New Year speech for 2022.”

“I want to emphasise right now that we want every single individual on the island, whether you are a citizen or an illegal immigrant, to be a part of this robust recovery. In fact, I’m debating whether or not we should provide amnesty to those who are here illegally for whatever reason,” he added.

Prime Minister Browne had previously announced that the government would provide amnesty at all costs, notwithstanding the status of an individual in the country.

Browne stated that Antigua and Barbuda has always had to cope with migrants who’ve been on the island for over 15 years and are “now well entrenched in our society, they have homes, work, and children here.”

“In order to receive everyone’s contribution, we need to be flexible enough to allow for some type of integration of these persons in society. So I’ll definitely speak more about the possibility of an amnesty,” PM concluded.

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