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Based on the findings of a Government-commissioned report on criminal deportation, a number of recommendations have been put forward to monitor this issue.
These include negotiations for a standardized Memorandum of Understanding between Jamaica and deporting countries. “With the main deporting countries being Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, it has also been agreed that CARICOM should approach these negotiations as a regional entity,” Dr. Phillips stated. He was providing details of the study on Tuesday (Nov. 28) in the House of Representatives.
The report also recommended the establishment of a unit within the National Security Ministry that would provide oversight for all matters related to deportation.
It is also proposed that a multi-agency response coordination team be established to collaborate with community-based and non-governmental organizations to deal with deported persons, especially those with special needs.
Dr. Phillips said data from the study showed statistical correlation between increases in deportation and upsurges in murder rates. He also noted that 71 per cent of the persons deported to Jamaica were as a result of a criminal offence, adding that the most common were drug-related. The second major reason for deportation had to do with the illegal possession or use of firearms.
The report further indicates that many deportees continue to engage in serious criminal activity subsequent to their return to Jamaica.
“The rate of conviction for deported persons was one in 18 compared with one in 17 for the general population. This means that while deported persons are not necessarily more likely to be convicted of crimes than other Jamaicans, they are at least as likely to contribute as the rest of the population. In other words, their increased numbers in the general population is likely to have a direct impact on increasing crime rates,” the National Security Minister outlined.
Between 1990 and 2005, the number of persons deported to Jamaica has more than tripled, totaling 33,268.

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