Prime Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley

The territory’s discussions on immigration issues should take a more mature course, Premier Dr. Natalio Wheatley has suggested.

The Prime Minister was responding to questions from the media at the time about the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report regarding residency and membership status.

Calling it “hot”, Dr Wheatley recommended people read the membership issues section of the COI report.

And while arguing that issues of membership and residency status in the territory had been treated in a hateful and immature manner in the past, Dr Wheatley said the report’s recommendations suggesting that membership should be granted in accordance to the law, were part of the proposal sent. by its government in the United Kingdom (UK).

“The report talks about a review and of course that review will inform our policies and any changes to the law,” Premier Wheatley said.

Open and transparent dialogue is necessary

Premier Wheatley said immigration issues were something the BVI were very passionate about, adding that it was an issue that caused quite a bit of discord and discord in the community.

“We must first approach this situation with a lot of maturity. I think when we discuss the issues, as we have in the past, we have done so in a very immature way in my opinion and in some cases in a hateful way,” the prime minister said.

Premier Wheatley said he called for open and transparent dialogue on immigration issues in the community.

“Not one where one group attacks another group, but let’s look at what is in the best interest of the Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands for generations to come,” he added.

The Prime Minister noted that the COI report brought a lot of information to the fore and said people could see what was going on by reading it.

“We want to continue to build our society to be an inclusive place, but also a place where of course we preserve our history, our tradition, our culture, where we are able to provide opportunities for everyone,” said he declared.

The Prime Minister said he believed this could be done with people from all over the world while ensuring that these people from the BVI did not feel forgotten, lost and as if they were missing.

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