Mar 23, 2017 Last Updated 6:18 PM, Mar 15, 2017

Development and Status of the Right to Free Movement of People

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This is an essential factor in an ever closer union among the people of CARICOM Member States.

The Treaty on Chaguaramas abolishes discrimination on grounds of nationality in all Member States. Under the CSME, the free movement of persons across the Region entails the removal of work permits for the University Graduates, Media Workers, Sports Persons, Musicians, Artists, Managers, Supervisors and other service providers.

With the CSME, these persons will be able to travel to Member States with only a travel permit and, in some cases, an Inter-Caribbean Travel document complete with photograph i.e. a CARICOM passport.

Mechanisms will be established for the recognised degrees, diplomas, and certificates from certain institutions. Additionally, the provisions to harmonise and transfer social security gains will be beneficial to those who qualify.

Workers in these categories can now move freely to another Member State and enjoy the same benefits and rights as regards condition of work and employments as those given to national workers.

Freedom of movement includes the freedom to leave and re-enter any Member State of their choosing and also to have access to property either for residential or business purposes.