Immigration

Immigration

Immigration laws must be applied even-handedly despite nationality. Immigration laws must also be applied fairly and transparently in order to avoid creating opportunities for further corruption.

The Government’s work permit policies cause further burden to GDP growth. The cost of work permits, the burden of obtaining them and the restrictive issuance of them hinders and discourages businesses from expanding, thus reducing GDP growth, increasing the cost of doing business and negatively impacting the ease of doing business. While the work permit policy may be good for politics, given the current high unemployment levels, it negatively affects Bahamian GDP growth, adding to unemployment and the corruption risks it creates. Simply put, the Bahamas must adopt an immigration policy that provides a concurrent plan to allow businesses to bring in educated lower, middle and upper management that enables firms to grow and hire more Bahamians.

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