Another set of Haitians arrive in Portland; PICA begins processing

The 36 Haitians who arrived by boat in Portland this morning have been checked by the Portland police, and screened by a medical team from the health centre.

They are now being processed by representatives from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

The boat they travelled in landed at Long Bay Beach shortly after 6:00 a.m.

Head of the division Superintendent Lloyd Darby said the group includes 18 men, 7 women, 5 girls and 6 boys.

Superintendent Darby said the migrants are being temporarily housed in Portland, pending further guidance from PICA.

This is the second boat load of Haitians to land in Jamaica, in the last two months.

In July, 37 Haitians landed on Boston Beach, in Portland.

They have since applied for asylum and are awaiting the government’s decision on their applications.


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