Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective – By Lear Matthews

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective

By Lear Matthews

There is a dimension of the immigrant experience that has not received much attention.  Micro-aggression is a concept used by psychologists to describe a phenomenon in multi ethnic societies such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. According to Derald Wing Sue and colleagues, micro aggressions can be defined as, “brief and common place daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults to the target person or group”.

Micro-aggression may be an expression of contempt, fear, power, self-defense, implicit bias or discrimination. It may also signify a lack of knowledge of a particular group of people. The author will examine this phenomenon as it relates to the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora, with implications for the wider immigrant community. Personal narratives are used to highlight examples and consequences of micro-aggression. An in-depth, empirical-based study on the topic is forthcoming.   Continue reading

Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘It was a Myth that Immigrants didn’t want to fit into British society’

Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘It was a Myth that Immigrants didn’t want to fit into British society. We weren’t allowed’

Decca Aitkenhead  | The Guardian UK 

As the Jamaican-born dub poet reflects on decades of race relations in the UK, from the Brixton riots to Windrush, he says young black men carry knives out of fear, and questions how much progress we have made since his time as a teenage Black Panther

When Linton Kwesi Johnson was a boy, he wanted to grow up to be an accountant. “If I was an accountant,” he chuckles softly, sitting surrounded by piles of books and CDs in his modest south-London terrace house: “I would probably be a multimillionaire by now.” The world, on the other hand, would be considerably poorer.    Continue reading

UK: Reckless Tories Are Alienating Minority Voters – Rachel Sylvester | The Times UK

Reckless Tories Are Alienating Minority Voters

Rachel Sylvester | The Times UK

It is almost seven years since the Conservative members of David Cameron’s cabinet were given a presentation setting out the scale of the Tories’ problem among ethnic minority voters. Andrew Cooper, then the prime minister’s director of strategy, told his party’s most senior politicians that “not being white” had become the single biggest driver of not voting Conservative.

According to the former strategist, since elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Cooper of Windrush: “What bothers me most is that they’ve stopped believing it’s a problem.     Continue reading

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reduces ICE cooperation

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reduces ICE cooperation

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio

The two bills, signed into law since Nov. 14, 2014, also end the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Rikers Island and all City facilities.        Continue reading

Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

By Vidur Dindayal

 It is truly wonderful that we are celebrating Indian Arrivals Day. We say thanksgiving prayers to our forbears who suffered and toiled to make a good life for themselves and for us who follow them. We thank them for clearing the path and building a home for us to live and prosper in Guyana, in the new world, far away from mother India.

180 years ago our ancestors first set foot in Guyana. The first batch, 249 in all, sailed from India in the SS Whitby on 13 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on 5 May 1838 after a voyage of 112 days. The first landings were 164 passengers at Highbury, East Bank Berbice. The SS Hesperus with 165 on board sailed from Calcutta on 29 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on the night of 5 May 1838.       Continue reading

UK: Theresa May Announces Compensation for Windrush generation

Theresa May: Compensation for Windrush generation

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that members of the Windrush generation who have been treated unfairly by the Home Office are to be compensated “where appropriate”.
The PM said money will be offered to resolve “anxieties and problems”.

Some immigrants who came to the UK from the Commonwealth decades ago have been threatened …
You may view the latest post at   https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/theresa-may-compensation-for-windrush-generation/

Dear Prince Charles, do you think my brown skin makes me unBritish?

Dear Prince Charles, do you think my brown skin makes me unBritish?

The Prince of Wales told me I don’t look like I’m from Manchester. If this is how he thinks, he shouldn’t be the next head of the Commonwealth
Anita Sethi meeting Prince Charles at the Commonwealth People’s Forum in London
 Anita Sethi meeting Prince Charles at the Commonwealth People’s Forum in London. ‘I feel angry that there could be such casual ignorance in the corridors of power.’ Photograph: Vinya Ariyaratne

met Prince Charles this week at the Commonwealth People’s Forum at which I was a speaker (on a day whose itinerary was entitled Politics of Hope: Taking on Injustice in the Commonwealth). It was part of the buildup to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, the summit of leaders of 53 countries representing more than 2 billion people.

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Guyana’s U.S. Embassy to now conduct Cuban immigrants’ interviews

 

From June, Cubans who are intending to live in the U.S. will have to travel to Guyana to be interviewed by the local U.S. Embassy.

Local U.S. Embassy to now conduct Cuban immigrants’ interviews – Apr 03, 2018  – Kaieteur News

The U.S. Department of State has announced that it has shifted the appointment and interviewing of Cuban immigrants to its local embassy in Georgetown.     Continue reading

Opinion: America Cannot Bear to Bring Back Indentured Servitude

America Cannot Bear to Bring Back Indentured Servitude

It’s a history lesson worth remembering: The exploitation of immigrant workers only encourages more — and worse — abuse.

Ariel Ron and Dael Norwood | The Atlantic

In 1624, Jane Dickenson petitioned the governor of Virginia for relief from bondage. Four years earlier, her husband had signed a contract of indenture to pay for his immigration from England; it obliged him to labor for a man named Nicholas Hide for a period of seven years.    Continue reading

UN issues refugee protection guidance for Venezuelan “Refugees”

UN issues refugee protection guidance for thousands of Venezuelans fleeing crisis-torn country

March 13, 2018 – Caribbean News Now

Photo: Venezuelans arrive in Pacaraima, a border city with Venezuela, seeking asylum or special stay permits in Brazil, 16 February 2018. © UNHCR/Reynesson Damasceno

GENEVA, Switzerland — As deepening economic woes force thousands of Venezuelans to flee the crisis-gripped country, the United Nations on Tuesday March 13, 2018 issued guidance on treating the population as “refugees,” while the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the outflow into neighbouring countries such as Colombia constitutes a “humanitarian disaster.”   Continue reading

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