62% of Jamaicans Unwilling to migrate according to JNBS Poll

Jamaica is plagued with numerous socio-economic problems. Our economy has pretty much flat lined while our murder rate continues to chirp along at a vibrant, steady pace.

Despite the issues being faced in the country, many Jamaicans have voiced their unwillingness to leave the country for ‘greener’ pastures.

According to report by the Gleaner: A poll carried out by the Jamaica National Building Society found that little more than  30 per cent of Jamaicans say they would leave today if given the chance. This will no doubt come as a surprise to how many people migrate from Jamaica, number of people in Jamaican diasporamany as it is not uncommon to hear Jamaicans speak of their desire to leave the island.

For those who are willing to leave, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Cayman Islands are the countries of choice. A whopping  43 per cent of those willing to leave Jamaica chose the United States (US) as their preferred country of relocation.


A sample size of 1,008 Jamaicans age 18 years and older was used to conduct the poll.

The countries economic situation was a major determining factor for many of those willing to leave the land of wood and water.

These numbers sound a little low to us. What do you think?

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