The UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) believes the local professional community may be missing out on the immigrant Haitian community.
This is according to Maxine Alleyne-Esprit, Community Engagement Officer with the UN International Organisation for Migration.
She believes that locals are missing out on the valuable skills they possess.
Maxine Alleyne-Esprit says this is due to barriers such as communication and stereotypes adopted by the local population on migrants, these skills are not fully utilised used for the benefit of both the migrants and the local society. Therefore these resources remain untapped.
She says, “It raises the question as to what are some of the skills out there that could be useful to employers. There is a large percentage of the Haitian population that is highly skilled in craft. We don’t know if some of these people are here, because we really don’t engage them. There may be various types of skills and knowledge that they could pass on to the craft producers.”
According to Alleyne-Esprit, this is a phenomenon that occurs with migrants in many countries where they are forced, as a result of barriers, to take up occupations which do not reflect their skill or specialty.
She says this is a great waste of resources.