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Turks and Caicos Islands: Illegal Immigrants

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle illegal immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands. (256757)

The responsibility for immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is delegated to the local government, although we continue to work closely with the TCI government on this issue. We support a programme of co-operation at both official and ministerial level between the TCI government and the Government of Haiti, which we hope will soon be formalised by a memorandum of understanding.

The Department has funded a Regional Maritime Training Coordinator for the Caribbean Overseas Territories, and provided a small patrol craft for training purposes. These will supplement the TCI government's own efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants, which have included the recent appointment of a change manager for the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force's marine branch.