On February 2nd, 2023, fifteen (15) Haitians arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis after their boat had a defect in Gallows Bay, Nevis. After the matter took place the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has kept them in a safe place and provided them with good healthcare. After they were detained the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis placed them in a place where they were cared for on a daily basis.
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has taken the decision to release the Haitians from detention and into the care of the local Haitian community as of June 10th, 2023. The Haitian community in the Federation had previously indicated as a collective that it is both ready and willing to fully accommodate its fellow country men and women.
In order to strengthen the regional thrust against human trafficking and illegal migration, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will shortly revise and enhance the nation’s laws on same, as well as the procedures through which asylum is sought. It is imperative that our nation’s legislation and laws are of a calibre that prohibits the inadvertent establishment or sustenance of a haven-like environment for human traffickers and illegal migrants.