Venezuelan migrants with their babies outside the Achievor's Banquet Hall registration centre in San Fernando on Tuesday. Photo: TREVOR WATSON

One day after National Security Minister Stuart Young announced that there would be no extension in the two-week registration period for Venezuelan nationals, human rights group Amnesty International has issued an open letter urging the government to reconsider.

The group says two weeks are not sufficient to register the large number of Venezuelan migrants in T&T.

In the letter to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Amnesty International Director Erika Guevara Rosas noted that with the registration deadline looming, thousands of Venezuelans continue to line up outside the registration centres in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago.

On Wednesday registration at the Queen’s Park Oval descended into chaos as a huge crowd of migrants rushed to secure places at the head of the line. The registration is set to close on Friday.

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Rosas said the approaching deadline was concerning.


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