Vincentian Overseas

Our Treasured Diaspora

The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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Vincentians overseas are a treasured part of our nation.  They contribute immensely to the support and development of their families at home and to St. Vincent and the Grenadines generally.  Our diaspora possesses abundant skills, resources, entrepreneurship, cultural and sporting talents which contribute much to our national development.

Since 2001, the ULP administration has actively engaged our diaspora more than any government hitherto.  Our government established a well-staffed Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit (RIDU); elaborated a National Policy on the Diaspora; provided more extensive overseas consular services to our nationals than ever before; set up channels and mechanisms, including the use of ICT facilities, for diaspora participation in public policy formulation and implementation, including investment, comprehensive disaster management work, and the quest for reparations for native genocide and slavery; recruited nationals in the diaspora to enter the public service in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Still much more needs to be done in all these respects and more.  Thus, our government in its fourth term will implement all elements of the National Policy on the Diaspora.  We will continue to link our nation at home with the descendants of our Garifuna brothers and sisters who were forcibly exiled by the British to Central America towards the end of the 18th century.  The ULP, however, does not accept the ill-conceived proposal of the Opposition NDP for “honorary citizenship” for all Garifuna overseas: Ethnicity cannot be used as a basis for citizenship: and the practical problems attendant upon the Opposition’s proposal are not resolvable.

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