Jamaica Marks International Migrants Day on December 18 with Global Migration Film Festival and Book Launch
December 14, 2018
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)) with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and partners will commemorate International Migrants Day on December 18 with a Global Migration Film Festival and Book Launch under the theme, “Migration with Dignity”.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr will deliver an address which will be followed by the screening of the documentary Bushfallers and a panel discussion to discuss the impact of migration for the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are aligned to the outcomes in the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica.
Panellists include Project Coordinator at IOM Jamaica, Rukiya Brown; Vice President, of the National Organisation for Deported Migrants (NODM) Anjuline Ellis; Member, Migration and Development Cluster, UWI SALISES, Elaine Campbell-Daenen; Director, Social Policy, Planning & Research Division at the PIOJ, Easton Williams; and General Manager JN Money Services, Horace Hines speaking on behalf of the Jamaica Money Remitters Association.
International Migrants Day closely follows Jamaica’s signing of the United Nations Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration on December 10 at a meeting in Marrakesh Morocco. The signing was symbolic, as it was the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The global compact is a voluntary framework that reinforces nation state sovereignty on migration matters, while underscoring the human rights of migrants as well as the importance of cooperation on migration with all stakeholders. A resolution will be considered by the United Nations later this month.
The 2018 Migration in Jamaica Country Profile published by IOM notes that:
• Trafficking of persons is not a legal form of migration. The Office of the Children’s Registry noted that between 2007 and 2015, a total of 140 children were alleged to have been victims of trafficking in Jamaica, the most prevalent forms being sex and coerced labour
• Of persons living in Jamaica who were born abroad, data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing recorded 23 477 foreign-born persons in Jamaica at the time, which accounted for 0.87 per cent (just under 1 per cent) of the total population.
• The number of labour immigrants in Jamaica showed a significant increase in the past five years (2012–2016) with a total of 49 117 persons
• In 2016, the Jamaican-born population residing abroad was approximately 45 per cent of the number in Jamaica (population of 1 233 144 abroad to 2 730 900 in Jamaica).
• The total Jamaican Diaspora is Jamaican-born persons living abroad and their descendants. The Jamaican Diaspora population is at least 73 per cent of the size of the population in Jamaica
• The Jamaican diaspora is heavily concentrated in three main countries: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom
• 2011 estimates for Canada is a Jamaican Diaspora of 309 485, about 87 per cent of these persons live in Ontario Province
• The United Kingdom diaspora was estimated to be 650 000 persons, with most of these persons living in London and Birmingham.