Committee hears expat voices

Monday August 10, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Indonesian community resident Resti Burgess, Filipino community president Marijoe Mangajit, legal adviser Val Wichman, and Fijian representative Roana Silatolu. SUPPLIED /  20080759 Indonesian community resident Resti Burgess, Filipino community president Marijoe Mangajit, legal adviser Val Wichman, and Fijian representative Roana Silatolu. SUPPLIED / 20080759

The Fijian, Philippines and the Indonesian Community have made their oral submissions to the Immigration Select Committee this week.

The bill proposes to cap all work permits at six years, forcing expat workers to then return home.

Advising the expatriate community was Val Wichman, who said the essence of the submission was around “working together for a greater Cook Islands-Anga’anga kapiti kia Arangatu te Ipukarea”.

Wichman said that with this in mind they had made many points in their submissions, which spanned the entire Bill.

She said they looked forward to the written reply from Crown Law and Immigration.

“I cannot stress the importance in having the expat communities voice heard as this Bill will directly affect this segment of our nation.”

Written submissions by the expat community were made on July 17.

Representative for the Fijian Community Roana Silatolu said: “Our voices as migrant workers are heard and it’s up to the Select Committee to take it from there.”

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