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Jamaica prepares new diaspora and development policy

San Juan, May 11 (EFE).- The Jamaican government said Monday that it is at work on a new international migration and development policy to address the broad and evolving range of challenges and opportunities associated with the diaspora.

The proposed legislation, being prepared by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, will be sent to the House of Representatives once the Cabinet approves it, the government said in a statement.

"Not too long from now, once Cabinet approves, we should have that policy tabled in this honorable House to indicate how it is that we are treating with this issue of migration and development," State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown said.

The policy is expected to address problems and opportunities in the following areas: human rights and social protection, labor mobility and development, public order, safety, family, migration and development, and data, research and information systems.

Brown expects to present a green paper on the policy at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference, set for June 13-18 in Montego Bay.

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