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Jamaica Observer / Friday Jamaica 19, 2018
Deportees outnumber returning residents
Deportees account for more than twice the number of Jamaicans who have returned to the country over the past 10 years, the latest migration profile study has revealed. According to the report on Jamaica's migration profile for 2017/18, which was handed over to the Government by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) yesterday, the annual numbers of voluntary returnees have trended downwards since 2007, while forced returnees have increased, with 10,190 in the voluntary category, compared with 24,916 deportees. “The figures were only kept since the 1990s really, and this is when this phenomenon became evident,” lead consultant on the study, Professor Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, explained. She was speaking yesterday at a ceremony held by the PIOJ at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to hand over the report to stakeholders who contributed data, including the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of National Security, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Among the chief concerns highlighted is the migration of tertiary-educated, professionals and students, which has left significant gaps in areas such as the health sector, where there is...Read more