A five-member team of experts from the United Kingdom (UK) Home Office, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 13, 2018 to assess the current illegal migration issues within the islands over the next two weeks and to provide advice to the Ministry of Border Control on how to enhance the effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands response to tackling immigration crimes.
This initiative emanated from a request made by the Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), Hon. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson which has been agreed by the Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad.
Meetings will be held with senior government officials and stakeholder institutions including Maritime, Customs, Radar Departments, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, sea ports and airport authorities.
The Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood met with the team on Monday May 14, 2018 at his office at which time he articulated several challenges and solutions to immigration and national security to the team.