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Immigration Minister Says There Is No Refugee Program

The substantive minister for the Department of Immigration and Nationality is Godwin Hulse.  That has not changed, although recently elected Beverly Castillo has been given Minister of State with responsibility for immigration and therefore she has been at the forefront of the issue surrounding the recent story on refugee applications and status in Belize.  Yesterday, however, as Minister Godwin Hulse exited the polling area on the ITVET compound, we caught up with him where he weighed in on the refugee issue.


As Minister Hulse mentioned, there has been no approval from the Government of Belize in accepting the request by the UNHCR to engage in the refugee program.