Antigua and Barbuda’s newly appointed French Ambassador concerned about migrant smuggling


DNO: Francis Etienne, Antigua and Barbuda’s newly appointed French Ambassador says Guadeloupe and Martinique are having serious issues with the migrant smuggling from Dominica; particularly among the Haitian community.

Hundreds of Haitian nationals have been detained in Guadeloupe over the past several years without proper documentation.

These nationals say their last destination was Dominica and they were smuggled into the French neighboring country by boat.

Etienne met with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to discuss this and other border issues last week Tuesday. He said the issue of security and immigration were also deliberated upon with Skerrit.

“Haiti is a big issue. We are concerned about it and we need to have serious measures in place to find a solution to the situation. If you are an investor, we welcome your tourism…but if you betray us then no way…” he said

Etienne said there are between 200,000 and 400,000 illegal immigrants in France alone.

“I was in charge of immigration in France for three years and I know these stories quite well. Controlling the visas and returning illegal immigrants is a challenge. Up to 29,000 illegal immigrants land in France every year” he stated.

Etienne said the French territories need collaboration with Dominica and other countries to protect the Caribbean borders.

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  1. Wow wow wow wow wow wow Ambassador Ettiene you need to know your History of what has happened to Haiti and other Countries around the World who was part of the French Territory to include African Countries and Mauyotte Islands just off the Course of Africa a territory that the French refuse to leave and have the audacity to deport three hundred Africans every day We have seen the distructive way that they are doing to mankind notice every state in Africa is forcing them out. Haiti they are taking the Minerals what are they getting Time for us to Rise up in the Caribbean support the Economic freedom Fighters in Haiti Long Live BarbaQue the

  2. Haiti and Haitians are not the problem; neither is Dominica. The problem is France. It amazes me that this article chooses to state the French Ambassadors’ position and makes no attempt to address the underlying problem.
    The conditions in Haiti today are the result of France’s historical actions. The Ambassador says serious measures have to be taken. Those measures have to include making Haiti whole; with financial economic, and educational compensation.
    While Gaston sits low in his chair, with his open legs and his genitalia protruding from his trousers; he does not have the balls to to put such an idea on the table.

  3. Take there ployt elsewhere leave our blessed country alone we are full we have our own problems we can’t take on no more

  4. Some of these French people are so conceited and clueless. The people in Paris are burning up police in the street and burning government building, and he is here to heap coals on a tiny, helpless country like Haiti?

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