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Immigrant finger pointing a result of slowing VI economy – Hon. Fraser

- calls for more serious regional integration policy
Persons are becoming disgruntled with the Virgin Islands’ worsening and slowing economy, according to Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Fraser said the finger pointing was no reflection of who the people of the Virgin Islands really are but rather, it’s just the reality of the situation, “when crunch time comes, everybody looks out for themselves.” Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Fraser said the finger pointing was no reflection of who the people of the Virgin Islands really are but rather, it’s just the reality of the situation, “when crunch time comes, everybody looks out for themselves.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Persons are becoming disgruntled with the Virgin Islands’ worsening and slowing economy, according to Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA.

In an interview done on the programme ‘90 Minutes’ and hosted by Radio St Lucia's Shelton Daniel on August 2, 2013, the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP) member said, “…people are in fact becoming disgruntled and pointing fingers and obviously, the closest people to point fingers at are the ones who are immigrants.”

He added though, that the Virgin Islands continues to welcome people from various parts of the Caribbean despite its changing economic and political dynamics.

Hon. Fraser said the finger pointing was no reflection of who the people of the Virgin Islands really are but rather, it’s just the reality of the situation, “when crunch time comes, everybody looks out for themselves.”

He reflected that the relationship between the Virgin Islands and persons of the Caribbean would not change significantly as a result but highlighted that persons are leaving the Territory for opportunities back home.

“What I noticed though, in the Caribbean itself, those people who are here in the Territory right now working, are finding opportunities back home in their own homeland that they didn’t have ten years ago,” Hon. Fraser stated.

He cited St Vincent and the Grenadines as one of the countries that had new developments that encouraged persons to return to their homeland.

He added, “The reasons people may not be here in the numbers ten years from now, it’s not necessarily of we changing our attitudes towards them, it’s because they have been able to create opportunities back home.”

Asked what policies he might pursue as a means of furthering and deepening integration with the rest of the Caribbean if he becomes Premier of the Virgin Islands in future, Hon. Fraser said that the VI was going ‘pretty well’ in terms of its current immigration policies.

He cited the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s relationship with the Territory and the VI’s partnership with the University of the West Indies among some of its steps in this direction and called for reciprocation in the form of the road turning into a two-way street for the VI. “Instead of everything coming up, we should be able to send something down,” he said, “some of those OECS headquarters and CARICOM headquarters should be placed here in the Virgin Islands as well.”

According to Hon. Fraser, the Virgin Islands should be making a serious bid to become an active and serious player in CARICOM instead of being taken for granted as it currently is in many cases.

21 Responses to “Immigrant finger pointing a result of slowing VI economy – Hon. Fraser”

  • ABC (12/08/2013, 08:10) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    now ehre is a leader
    • Bvi man (12/08/2013, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      That's what I like about you Fraser he is always on the right side of history, he knows exactly what the country must do to become one people...Fraser is now a Legend in bringing the people together and his power words are his own affirmation.
  • hog city (12/08/2013, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    Thats the man!
  • rattie (12/08/2013, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    fraser are you opening the door for all dey yardies
  • Really (12/08/2013, 10:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! All happen is the man had a closer look at the voters list and realize his current style of politics cannot win him next elections. Nuff said...
  • rio (12/08/2013, 10:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He's wrong on immigrants going back home, where is his proof of that claim.
    • Locally made (12/08/2013, 11:31) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      @Rio

      And where is your proof that it isn't so? You need to open up your eyes a lil wider and you will see what is happening. Maybe you just don't want to accept the fact but its the truth.
    • @ rio (12/08/2013, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      Hail the man Fraser for that comment...he is right on points and even the NDP admitted island people are moving home because of hard times in the BVI just say good going Fraser and move on
  • HELLO!! (12/08/2013, 12:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what if Immigrants going back home?...struppssss..does that certify that the economy is bad? And if its bad then the best thing for them to do is to go back where it will be easier for them...Frazer trying really hard to make people believe he really care and that he can be the next premier. Why he dont talk about when NDP left the list of immigrants they were working on to get belonger status and as soon as they were elected they said no and threw the list away.
  • ann (12/08/2013, 15:20) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    since the election all the pices of the NDP has ran the island people back home..... High cost on everything that affect island people check the record
  • bay yute (12/08/2013, 16:25) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    I hear OJ in the district giving out bush cutting and guth clearing prop up by funny man
  • Well Well (12/08/2013, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its time to support The Rt Hon Fraser as the next leader we can no longer take the suffering and fakeness of the party in power
  • chris fraser (13/08/2013, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Caribbean Unity is the only way Uncle

    Proud of you
  • rio (13/08/2013, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ locally Made et al... The Labour department has issued over 1200 NEW work permits for 2013 so far, I ask questions. That is why I can make my statement about the talker providing proof. Some of you just blog for tha status quo. Get real.
    • hater (13/08/2013, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @rio, you want proof? Go to Tropical. who aren't going home going to Canada. And your contention that the Labour Dept. issued 1200 WP in 2012 proves nothing even if true. Tell us how many on WP left in 2012.
  • rio (14/08/2013, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    read properly 2013, and ur ignorance seems to be bliss local spoiler.
    • hater (14/08/2013, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @rio, so here we are cant get statistics on WP issued 3 years ago and you here telling us what was done in 2013 which is only 8 months old. Who you trying to fool? The Labour Dept. nor DPU cant tell anyone how many WP was issued in 2013.

      By the way rio, is that how you behave when you get caught in a lie? You are better off leaving things like this alone because you in over your head.


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