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CSME – Free Movement of People


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

The Treaty on the CSME 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 University Graduates, Media Workers, Sports Persons, Musicians, Artists, Managers, Supervisors and other service providers.{{more}}

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.

Mechanisms will be established for recognizing 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 conditions of work and employment 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.