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IMMIGRATION and Financial Services Minister Brent Symonette.

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Corruption unit planned for immigration department

THE Department of Immigration is slated to get its own corruption unit in this upcoming budget to target longstanding allegations of bribery and other abuses by officers that have never been formally reported.Immigration Minister Brent Symonette told

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Govt will have until December to make changes if removed from 'blacklist'

IF THE Bahamas is successful in being removed from the European Union’s ‘blacklist,’ the government will have until December to make changes in the financial services sector to steer clear of being yet again deemed a non-compliant jurisdiction, a sen

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Ambassador to EU proposal in wake of blacklisting

IN THE aftermath of The Bahamas’ blacklisting by the European Union for being a tax haven, Financial Services Minister Brent Symonette says it might be time for The Bahamas to consider appointing an ambassador to the EU to increase dialogue on matters concerning this country.

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Bahamas 'must adapt' to global integration

THE country must adapt to global integration or lose out on its chance at a “Bahamian renaissance,” Immigration and Trade Minister Brent Symonette suggested yesterday.In a speech to open the Bahamas Economic Outlook conference, Mr Symonette said as a

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Amendments could place onus on those aiding illegal immigrants

AMENDMENTS to current immigration policies could place more of the onus on people aiding illegal migrants, according to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette.Defending the efforts of the Minnis administration in recent months to address the immigratio

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Don’t blame us - we warned you: Symonette says migrants had time to register

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday said there could be no excuse for the fate of unregularised migrants apprehended by increased enforcement measures, which he stated were already underway.

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‘Send illegals home by end of this week’

EMPLOYERS in the country have the remainder of this week to send all illegal employees home, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette warned yesterday as he signalled the Minnis administration’s “aggressive” campaign to clamp down on private businesses in the coming days.

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Gov’t unveils ‘fast track’ work permits

THE Government yesterday unveiled a ‘fast track’ process, targeted at specific industries, that will allow top foreign executives to enter the Bahamas without possessing work permits.

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Immigration Minister, Deputy PM looking at how to fund increased repatriation exercises

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest are looking at how to fund the increased repatriation exercises that will come in response to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ goal of more stringe

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Migrants crackdown ‘humane and caring’

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday insisted that the deadline threat for all irregular migrants to leave the country by year-end only sounded “draconian” but will be carried out as “humanely and caring” as possible.


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