CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 19, 2009: Bermuda may be taking in Gitmo detainees but the British-dependent territory has no one seeking refugee status overseas.
As the Ewart Brown administration is getting props from the new U.S. administration over its decision to take in four Chinese Muslims, formerly detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, data from the UN Refugee Agency show refugees from the island is at zero.
Unlike other Caribbean nations, Bermuda had no one seeking refugee or asylum status as of January 2009, according to UNCHR data on asylum status sought in countries across the world.
But Bermuda is not alone. With the exception of the Turks and Caicos, none of the overseas territories in the Caribbean, whether British, Dutch or French controlled, had anyone seeking refugee status.
By contrast, Haiti led the way with a whopping 23,066 nationals seeking asylum overseas. Jamaica was second on the Caribbean list with over 800 seeking to be asylees overseas and 750 from St. Vincent and the Grenadines also applying for the status.