Illegal migration from Haiti to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), a UK Overseas Territory, is a very real problem, as made evident by the recent tragic incident on
The TCI Government have constitutional responsibility for immigration policy and border control, but the Government have a fundamental objective and responsibility for the security of TCI flowing from international law, our shared history and political commitment to the wellbeing of all British nationals. The Government have therefore provided substantial support to TCI, including funding for a radar station and training for marine police.
The Government are encouraging the Haitian Government to step up their efforts to combat people trafficking, and to discourage their people from undertaking the dangerous journey by boat to TCI which may lead to their death and almost certainly to their detention and deportation. We are also supporting the TCI and Haitian Governments to develop practical co-operation. A Haitian consulate opened in TCI in February 2013. We are supporting negotiation of a Memorandum of Understanding covering deterring and combating illegal migration.