E.g., 08/28/2016
E.g., 08/28/2016

Country Resource - Jamaica

Jamaica

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  • Population.....................................................................2,930,050 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate ..............................................................0.69% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................18.41 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate..............................................6.67 deaths/1,000 population (July 2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................-4.83 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups..........black 92.1%, mixed 6.1%, East Indian 0.8%, other 0.4%, unspecified 0.7% (2011 est.)

CIA World Factbook

This former British colony in the Caribbean, once a destination for forced and indentured labor from across the globe, has experienced large emigration flows of both skilled and unskilled workers and their families to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada over the last half century. As Alex Glennie and Laura Chappell of the Institute for Public Policy Research explain, the Jamaican government has a number of strategies to limit brain drain and to encourage return.

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Jamaican deportees farming

More than 100 Jamaicans are deported on average each month from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and are returned to a country grappling with high levels of crime and poverty. This article explores the constructive role that deported migrants, who are often socially stigmatized upon return, can play in rebuilding their lives while contributing to the larger project of national development in Jamaica.

This former British colony in the Caribbean, once a destination for forced and indentured labor from across the globe, has experienced large emigration flows of both skilled and unskilled workers and their families to the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada over the last half century. As Alex Glennie and Laura Chappell of the Institute for Public Policy Research explain, the Jamaican government has a number of strategies to limit brain drain and to encourage return.