Public Meeting On Pathways To Status Initiative

February 15, 2016

Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy and Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs Trevor Moniz are inviting members of the public to join them this Wednesday, February 17, at a Public Information Session on the recently announced Pathways to Status immigration initiative. The meeting will take place at 6pm at the Cathedral Hall.

The Government recently announced they plan to amend the law, with changes to include any person who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 15 years becoming eligible to apply for permanent residency, and any permanent resident who is ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 20 years becoming eligible to apply for Bermudian status.

The announcement drew criticism from the Opposition, with MP Walton Brown saying they have “taken unilateral steps with contempt for Bermudians reminiscent of the racist policies of the 1960s,” while Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, “this knee jerk reaction” which is ”in contravention of their pre-election promises, shows that the OBA is not a party that learns from their mistakes, but rather one that seems intent on repeating their mistakes with the goal of securing long term power.”

In addition, CURB expressed concern, saying the proposed legislative changes “ensures that there is an increasing white population on the island”, and during Friday’s sitting of the House of Assembly a small group in the public gallery briefly chanted “No to OBA immigration reform.”

In response to the criticism, the governing One Bermuda Alliance has defended their decision, with Minister Fahy saying “it beggars belief that anyone would have a problem with giving rights to people who have spent 20 years in a country” and MP Sylvan Richards saying, “The benefits are undeniable. It is no secret that Bermuda faces real demographic challenges in the coming years with a declining birth rate and shrinking Bermudian population.

“Granting status to these residents will increase the size of Bermuda’s working population, workers who will pay into our social insurance, pension and health insurance systems that support older, retired Bermudians,” added Mr Richards.

The information sheets below on the proposed legislation were provided by the Ministry

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  1. If anyone is truly concern then I suggest, “be there!”

  2. Jus' Askin' says:

    OBA 2012-2017 :-D

  3. Bermyman says:

    They are setting themselves up for the hate mob!

  4. moor says:

    Looking forward to the next election..and I’m not voting for OBA!

    • Anbu says:

      And we care why?

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Generally curious as to why not?

    • smh says:

      As if you did last time! Why are you voting PLP…because they did such a GREAT job for you last time. If you want to know why we’re all suffering look in the mirror. You got what you voted for and now you want more. SMFH

      • the truth will set you free says:

        There was never a recession for some and that some are those with power and money. There was only a recession for the have nots. So many people have been successfully programmed to the point they only focus on the effects of a problem and not the cause. The reason we had a worldwide recession because those on Wall Street committed financial fraud. And to this day no one has been charged with this crime. It is quite obvious the reason why.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          And do you know what was at the very root of that fraud ?
          Maybe you missed the CBS 60 minutes coverage of it .
          You might find the truth a bit unpleasant .

    • jim bob says:

      They won’t need you as they will have already granted everyone else PRC or Status…….

    • Jason says:

      The OBA needs to convince only 25% black Bermudians to vote for their sorry A$ again for a win. 2017 it will not work. They only won because the REAL people that decide who wins stayed away from the polls as a result of the PLP not listening. Whites always vote UBPo or OBA.

      Black Bermudians are the real swing voters and that’s a fact!

      • Toodle-oo says:

        * Whites always vote UBPo or OBA.

        Black Bermudians are the real swing voters and that’s a fact!*

        There are FAR more black Bermudians who will only ever vote PLP than there are white voters who will only ever vote UBP/OBA .
        There are far , far less black ‘swing voters’ than there are white voters .
        So you and everyone else who trots out these figures that make it sound like white voters are inflexible or politically evil can stop with it .

      • mixitup says:

        Now Jason you know they don’t want to hear that…lol

  5. Coffee says:

    This meeting for all intents and purposes will be about Empire Building and the pathway to it . Listen to how the UBP/BDA/OBA plan to relax the rules that kept Bermuda safe for decades against people whose only connection to the island is a job that was tailor made for parasitic individuals from around the world .

  6. IslandTeacher says:

    The PLP may win in 2017, but by 2020 Bermuda will be finished. They have no credibility running the economy and nurturing inward investment.

  7. sure. says:

    I feel sorry for the younger population of Bermuda.

    The job market is very competitive. There is already a struggle of employment now, even with a college degree. How is this initiative of any benefit to generations to come.
    Never mind the fact that many have family history and are familiar to our own culture.

    Employment in Bermuda is not only an incentive as a means of income, but it’s a duty to give back to an island that has helped shaped our lives. This creates a disparity in historical citizenship.

  8. Tin Man says:

    We will get the same old rent-a-crowd there bleating the same old rubbish.