As tensions surrounding immigration reform threatening to boil over, the Bermuda Government has offered a series of concessions to its controversial Pathways to Status initiative.
The announcement came shortly before the House of Assembly session scheduled for today, which was due to feature a debate on the legislation opposed by hundreds of protesters, was adjourned until Friday by Speaker of the House Randy Horton.
Premier Michael Dunkley, announced he had contacted Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert to lay out the concessions. They would include a three-month delay on implementation of the “15-year pathway” - allowing those who have lived in Bermuda for 15 years to apply for permanent residency - which he revealed had caused the most widespread concern.
In the meantime, a working group would be established “comprising representatives from various stakeholders”.The group would offer recommendations on this matter as well as a living wage and training requirements for Bermudians, unscrupulous business tactics that undermine Bermudian labour and summer job opportunities for Bermudians via the international business sector.