Barbados is doing itself more good than harm by opening up its borders to more skilled Caribbean nationals.
This from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley as she led off debate on the Caribbean Community Movement of Skilled Nationals Bill, 2019.
The most recent amendment adds security guards and agricultural workers to the list of those who can travel freely once they are qualified.
Ms Mottley says the fact that Barbados does its most lucrative trading with the OECS, and that Trinidad is the second largest investor in the island, is more than enough reason for Barbados to be open and welcoming.
She says the impact was felt across the board previously, when Barbados took a different position on immigration from the region.