The Planning Institute of Jamaica on January 18 launched the 2017/2018 Migration Profile for Jamaica which records migration trends that have an impact on Jamaica.
Speaking at the launch, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Dr Wayne Henry, commended the work that has been done to infuse the subject of migration into national development strategies, noting that the data are contributing to policies that are leading to reduced risks for migrants and their families.
Dr Henry said, “The mainstreaming of migration into national development strategies has unquestionably contributed to our understanding of the impact of migration on national and individual well-being.”
Lead consultant in the preparation of the profile, Professor Elizabeth Thomas Hope highlighted major trends including:
• the poorest households received the least remittances and as a result is not significantly contributing to poverty alleviation;
• significant numbers of tertiary educated persons and professionals will continue to migrate to USA and Canada;
• immigrants will continue to fill labour gaps in professional and technical capacities;
• ongoing services to stem the trafficking in persons will be necessary;
• deportation of Jamaicans will continue to be high in the short and the medium terms.
Delivering the remarks of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Permanent Secretary Marcia Gilbert Roberts, said that the ministry values the profile as an essential tool. She noted that Diaspora engagement is a priority policy of the government and one of the actions will be to establish a dedicated department in the ministry. The minister noted that government has recognised that migration is a source of investment, and that Jamaica is preparing to participate in a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration.
United Nations Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat, says that the migration profile will allow government to coordinate inter agency actions and policies. He noted that migrants contribute to economic growth through taxes and social contributions, and that these tend to exceed the benefits that they receive.
Noting that the world is in an era of unprecedented human mobility, IOM’s Head of Office in Jamaica, Keisha Livermore urged the government to develop tailored policies and programmes that will maximise the positive relationship between migration and development.
The 2017/2018 Migration Profile is the second publication in the series and provides data that is allowing migration stakeholders to manage migration related issues. The trends being monitored include: migration flows in and out of Jamaica; number and characteristics of migrants living in Jamaica; diaspora engagements; and inflows of remittance and investment.
The profile was prepared with the support of the United Nations International Organization for Migration.
Contact: Gwyneth Davidson (Communication Specialist)