Alden McLaughlin, the Cayman Islands Premier, while closing the 2017-2018 budget debate on 7 November said he believed that immigration had played a major role in the development of the overseas territory of Britain.
He was quoted by Jamaica-Gleaner.com as saying that he knew that this would not be received favourably in certain quarters, but it was a fact that this did allow these islands and all of its citizens to develop the way they had.
Although agreeing that this had to be properly handled, he said nobody must be granted the status was the type of thinking that had made other places in the region like The Bahamas lag far behind.
McLaughlin said immigration will provide nationals of the Cayman Islands with opportunities, if it is managed scrupulously, and stated that their territory was being envied by others in the region because it was not a product of parochial thinking and discriminatory attitude.
According to him, the stance taken by them on immigration was the main cause of dispute between their administration and the opposition’s policy position.
The Premier said that because of immigration the Cayman Islands had a stable economic foundation that it has now.
He told the Legislative Assembly that for Caymanians to make most of the opportunities there were certain challenges as some employers were not prepared to give natives enough opportunities.
McLaughlin said the government would put in all efforts to make more transparent the work permit system and abuses would be punished.
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