The Caribbean is fast emerging as a haven for refugees and the region cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the worldwide problem.

The revelation and caution came from the UN High Commission for Refugee Refugees. The UN said Belize, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago were the top three countries in the region for refugees to seek haven. And those refugees came from other Caribbean nations – Cuba and Haiti – as well as further afield – Bangladesh, Colombia, Venezuela, Asia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East.