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Options being explored to find housing for Venezuelan migrants

first_imgFollowing the arrival of 140 Venezuelan migrants in Georgetown last Wednesday, the Department of Citizenship in collaboration with its international partners and other Governmental agencies has been working diligently to provide the migrants with temporary accommodation, meals, medical and other services.Some of the Venezuelan migrants living in GuyanaAccording to the Public Information and Press Service Unit at the Ministry of the Presidency, the majority of those who were being housed at Eve Leary has since been released into the care of their relatives. Presently, arrangements are being made to find housing for 45 persons, including 34 males and 11 females, who do not have any family connections on the coast.Additionally, housing arrangements are still being worked out for the 26 persons squatting along the Non Pariel foreshore.Meanwhile, in an effort to protect the migrants from possible exploitation, the Immigration Department has established a protocol to vet persons claiming to be family members.At Monday’s meeting of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee, Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix informed that a special committee is being set up to explore the option of transforming the Papaya Centre, located in Barima-Waini, Region One, into a facility for migrants; noting that “the greater the inflow of migrants, the more pressed we will be to find space”.Additionally, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will be seeking permission from the relevant authorities to renovate an abandoned hostel at Kumaka, Region One, to house migrants, particularly since this is a region where the inflow is greater.The Committee was also informed that a primary school is being constructed at Eteringbang, which will accommodate about 60 migrant children. As a result of the influx of Venezuelans, the regional health and education systems have been spread very thinly to cater to the needs of migrants. Based on recent reports, there has been an addition of 50 students at Paruima in Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region Seven. Taking into account the vast increases in the school system, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is working with the Education Ministry to roll out a project that will see Guyanese teachers being trained to teach English as a second language to Spanish-speaking students.Technology is also being heavily relied upon to better manage the influx of migrants. In fact, the IOM has informed that a mobile application called “MIGAP” will be launched to make more accessible; all pertinent information regarding migrant support services that are available in Guyana. To date, there are 5863 documented Venezuelan migrants in Guyana.last_img read more

New €19Million nursing unit receives planning permission

first_imgA proposed €19 Million, 80 bed nursing unit in Ballyshannon, which will cater for long stay, short stay and dementia patients in across the North West has been granted planning permission this week. Fine Gael TD for Sligo, Leitrim and South Donegal Tony McLoughlin, has today expressed his delighted at the news.He said “This significant health infrastructure project will be a three storey extension to the rear of the existing Sheil Hospital and it will be the second phase of development at the Hospital, after last October’s opening of the HSE’s new €8 million Primary Care Centre at the site of St. Catherine’s Convent. He added “This new development will be a major development for Ballyshannon town, South Donegal and the entire Northwest region and it will ensure that the people of this region will continue to be provided with spacious, safe and modern health infrastructure facilities into the future.“I will continue to liaise with the HSE and the Minister for Health on this issue to ensure that funding for the next phase of this development is made available to Ballyshannon as quickly as possible.”New €19Million nursing unit receives planning permission was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more