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Hundreds of Jamaicans deported from region

KINGSTON – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is reporting that 271 Jamaicans were deported from CARICOM states in 2012.

Another 254 Jamaicans were deported from Curacao.

This was revealed by AJ Nicholson, foreign affairs minister.

He was responding to questions posed by Opposition senator Robert Montague in the Senate.

Of the 525 Jamaicans deported from CARICOM member states and Curacao, 332 were males and 193 females.

It was reported that 167 persons were sent home for overstaying their time.

Another 58 were ejected for drug-related crimes, including possession of, dealing in and trafficking.

The top five countries from which Jamaicans were deported are Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bahamas and Antigua.

Meanwhile, Jamaica deported 26 Caribbean nationals last year.

It was also revealed that 794 Jamaicans were refused entry from other Caribbean countries last year. (Gleaner)

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