Key civil servants receive migrant management training

| 06/04/2016 | 3 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cuban migrants in Cayman waters (file photo)

(CNS): With the Cayman Islands often the stop for Cuban migrants heading towards the United States, last month government facilitated a five day Strategic Migration Management and Policy Planning training course, described as “intense” for senior immigration, customs and commissions secretariat employees.

Without giving away much about what the participants actually learned, a release said that the week-long programme, from 14-18 March, provided an in-depth examination of the key planning, organizational and strategic tools necessary for producing and implementing effective strategies in migration management, alongside effective policy planning.

The programme was highly interactive, with the trainers encouraging contributions from participants throughout, the release stated. It included a mix of lectures, best practice case studies and group discussion. The course challenged participants to better understand the policy cycle, its various stages and challenges. Participants delved deeper into the subject of migration management, looking into various contexts, challenges and management tools needed to develop and implement migration policy and best practice.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith stated, “This course commenced at an opportune time when migration is causing concerns globally and at the centre of international focus. Those of us in the government tasked with maintaining secure borders will be better empowered to do our part, hence the mix of civil servants engaged in this training.”

Participants received a certificate stating the specialisation in Strategic Migration Management and Policy Planning from the UK-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, the course facilitators. The three trainers were Ian Rennie, Jemima Felton and James Hampshire.

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  1. Kenny says:

    3:27 what on earth are you taking about? Franz and his deputies are saving lives. How dare you advocate sending those poor Cubans to their deaths in those make shift rafts. How many more horrid stories of Cubans drinking their own blood and urine to survive or how many that die trying to make it to Honduras or USA.

    no country in the world would allow those to Cubans to travel in unsafe death traps. Thank you Franz and deputies for saving lives.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Human (and Christian) imperative would be to allow the provisioning of UNHCR humanitarian assistance (food/water/shelter) to any soul in need – whether the poor migrants choose to continue on their journey or not. Period. Franz and his deputies should not be playing God with Cayman’s provisioning restrictions which he admits are well-outside the terms of the MOU with Cuba.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you! Don’t forget fuel along with food/water/shelter.

      There but for the grace of God goes any of us.

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