Thirteen people who were deported from the United Kingdom arrived in the island this morning (December 2).
The men were apart of a larger group slated to be deported, however, at least 10 of those who had been due to fly were taken off the flight, hours before it was due to leave, after the UK Home Office acknowledged they may be victims of modern slavery.
The mass deportation became a high-profile issue after a series of campaigns including one from 82 black public figures including – model Naomi Campbell urged airlines not to operate the Home Office flight.
A series of legal challenges was launched in the days before the flight, many of which succeeded.
This is the second deportation flight from the UK since the start of the year, the other was in February.
Meantime, the Health Ministry is to conduct Covid-19 tests on the deportees before they can be reintegrated into society.
Board Chairman of the National Organization of Deported Migrants NODM, Dr. Jaslin Salmon outlined that the deportees will be given the necessary assistance to help them fit into the Jamaican society.