Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Drop in Migration

Yesterday on the news I heard an astounding statistic.

A mere 13,000 Jamaican migrated last year, down from highs of 25-30,000 from only a few years ago.

I am waiting to see some final numbers, but this pretty startling.

Is it the Portia effect?


At 6/10/2007 6:16 PM, Anonymous said...

Was that serious question or was it tongue-in-cheek rhetoric?
Based on your previous comments about her, I can't decide.

re: the statistics. What's the source?

At 6/10/2007 7:58 PM, Blogger Stunner said...

I doubt it's Portia.

At 6/11/2007 6:50 AM, Blogger Dennis Jones said...

Don't just look at the gross figures, for this year and previous. What about the net flows, ie taking account of those who came back. That could help give an answer about the why.

At 6/11/2007 2:50 PM, Blogger fwade said...


I was kinda being tongue in cheek, but not completely.

The latest episode in SE St Ann showed Portia at her worst, unfortunately.

I think the net inflows are very, very small...

The source was a JNN news broadcast, that was quoting a speech given by the PIOJ MD: Wesley Hughes.

At 6/25/2007 4:41 PM, Blogger fizzio brown said...

Many applicants are being refused ... may be one theory

At 6/27/2007 10:23 AM, Blogger Jamaican Girl said...

Personally I think the PIOJ was wrong in their estimate. I think that what has happened is that people are leaving but not like the 1970s where they sell out their assets. I am one of those who will be leaving shortly, but will retain my Jamaican citizenship. This country has no place for young thinkers. I am very against what I see happening there. Hopefully you will visit my blog at

You will see the writings of a true Jamaican citizen who is fed up with the "system".


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