September 27, 2017
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced in Parliament The Bahamas' plan to assist storm-ravaged Dominica:
The government will temporarily relax immigration rules for "a number of" Dominican schoolchildren.
Permits to reside will be issued to students from Dominica who with the approval of parents wish to study in The Bahamas.
There are three categories of students who may apply:
Children who have relatives in The Bahamas who can find lodging and support from their family members.
College students who wish to study at The University of The Bahamas and seek boarding at The University of The Bahamas.
Children of parents employed in companies, banks etc. which have offices in The Bahamas.
Temporary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions.
"The government will continue to apprise the general public on other details related to assisting children and young people from Dominica," said Minnis, who was moved to tears in Parliament as he spoke about the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and the need for Christian charity in the storm's wake.
Minnis said he will lead a team to Dominica on Monday to assess the damage there. He added that the government will also send a Royal Bahamas Defence Force boat with supplies. (Nassau Guardian photo: AHVIA CAMPBELL)