Only 12.3 per cent of the 626 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll think the decision to suspend Cayman’s seven-year term limit was a terrible decision because it was working just fine.
Conversely, almost half of the respondents – 302 people or 48.2 per cent – think the rollover policy should be abandoned entirely.
“If people make Cayman their home for seven years and contribute to the country by, for example, buying real estate, they should be able to stay,” said one person.
“All the rollover policy did was get rid of the hard working expats and let in the riffraff criminals,” said another person. “Before the rollover policy, Cayman was a safe, wonderful place to live and work and now you can’t go out without fear … What in the world has happened to Cayman?” “If people need work permits anyway it is ultimately the Caymanian people who decide who comes and goes,” said someone else.
Another large segment of respondents – 140 people or 22.4 per cent – thought it was a great decision to suspend the rollover policy and that the government should now tweak it and make it workable.
“I think we need to prevent every immigrant who comes here the ability to stay indefinitely and gain the rights of citizenship,” said one person. “However, the current system is not working and we’ve lost a lot of good people as a result.”
“Every expat should have a 10-year rollover, but they should all be eligible to apply for PR if they stay eight years,” said someone else. “Then they either get it or they don’t, based on a points system.”
“A much better plan is needed than constantly shooting the economy in the foot by sending away trained and qualified employees every seven years,” commented another respondent.
Eighty-nine people – 14.2 per cent – agreed the rollover policy needed amending, but they questioned the decision to merely suspend it while a review is undertaken.
“Suspending it won’t change a thing,” said one person.
“We have a lot of high school students graduating every year who are willing, capable and determined to work who will never need to be rolled over and who will for their entire lives contribute to Caymans local economy,” said someone else.
“Implement a fair and workable system that allows people that contribute to your country the basic human rights they deserve,” said another respondent. “Suspending rollover and granting 10-year permits does neither – it’s exploitation.”
Seventy-seven respondents think the rollover policy was working just fine.
“The problem isn’t the rollover policy, but the key employee aspect. Rollover is immigration control; key employee is jobs control. There is a difference. And suspending it while you fix it made a bad decision worse.”
“A rollover is needed to control immigration, as different from jobs control,” echoed someone else. “This suspension will just create another mass status grant bottleneck in a few years time. Of course, if that’s what the politicians want …”
“When you have to work with someone that knows nothing but makes three times what you make, you look forward to rollover to right some of the injustice in this country, with the expats and the locals two-tier system,” said another person.
“It’s all Caymanians have to protect jobs and protect political decision making,” said one person. “We would be stupid to approve of it. Rollover must stay!”
Eighteen people – 2.9 per cent – responded “I don’t know” to the question.
Next week’s poll question
Do you think people should be able to legally own guns or other items for self-defence?
Yes, but only Caymanians
No to guns, but yes to things like pepper spray
I don’t know
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