Trinidad and Tobago Catholic group expands as refugee numbers rise
With growing numbers of refugees in the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, a Catholic group is expanding its efforts to meet the needs.
There are 160 new arrivals daily, said Living Water Community’s assistant director, Rosemary Scott.
The United States is offering fewer than its usual number of resettlement places, so hundreds of undocumented migrants may find themselves stuck in the southern Caribbean country.
In earlier years, most would have been young men seeking asylum, “with some single women, very few children, and the occasional family,” Scott said, noting that, “Now we see a lot more families, couples, and unaccompanied minors.”
About 30 years ago, Living Water Community, a lay Catholic community that serves the poor, began looking after asylum seekers and refugees until their cases were resolved.
There were about 20 people from Russia, Iraq and countries in Africa, Scott said.
Picture: Asylum-seekers wait outside Living Water Community on 24th April in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. About 30 years ago, Living Water Community, a lay Catholic group that serves the poor, began looking after asylum seekers and refugees until their cases were resolved. (CNS photo/Laura Ann Phillips).Tags: asylum, Living Water Community, refugee, refugees, Rosemary Scott, Trinidad and Tobago