Bahamas. In January, the Bahamians voted against a proposal to legalize so-called online shops, online games with money, that already exist in the country despite being illegal. The referendum also dealt with a proposal to introduce a lottery, which also got no. According to Countryaah, the government’s purpose with the proposals was to get more tax money.
About 30 migrants from Haiti died as their boat capsized off the Bahamas coast at the end of November. The Coast Guard managed to rescue about 110 Haitians from the overturned boat. The rescue work was made difficult by severe weather with high waves. The authorities in the Bahamas would investigate what caused the accident. People from poor Haiti often go to the Bahamas in search of work and a more comfortable life.