16 Jan 2007

Cook Islands Fijian community welcomes meeting with Immigration minister

12:41 pm on 16 January 2007

The Fijian community in the Cook Islands says its meeting with the Immigration Minister to discuss illegal foreign-worker problems was constructive.

The minister, Wilkie Rasmussen, is holding a series of meetings with expatriate communities, including Samoans, Tongans and Filipinos.

This comes after Immigration officers produced a list of alleged illegal workers.

Mr Rasmussen has put any deportation orders on hold, saying he wants to hear all sides of the issue.

The president of the Fijian community, Theresa Noovao, says the meeting provided a chance to push for more consistency in the issuing of worker permits.


IN:......There's clear guidelines about people visiting on a visitor's permit but with regards to the labour one, it wasn't quite clear. So that's what we're trying to work towards - creating clear guidelines, for example that you have a proper contract to come in. And we're trying to encourage that both employers and employees are able to fulfill that contract.

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The president of the Cook Islands Fijian community, Theresa Noovao.