Saipan – CNMI Gov. Eloy Inos said while the Commonwealth welcomes the fiscal year 2013 funding of $1.9 million to offset costs associated with the hosting of Freely Associated States migrants, the amount is far below the actual impact costs.
He told Saipan Tribune that based on the CNMI’s calculation, the total cost to the Commonwealth of hosting FAS citizens that the U.S. government has not paid is some $200 million.
Inos’ sentiments on the so-called Compact Impact agreement with the U.S. comes as Micronesian governors who attended last week’s the 19th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit on Saipan also expressed concern on the current level of U.S. funding to offset the impacts of migration of an estimated 56,000 FAS citizens to Guam, the CNMI, and Hawaii.
FAS citizens are those from Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia’s Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap, and Kosrae.