Large Portion of Jamaicans Want to Leave Country According to Gleaner Poll

Another study has found that a large portion of Jamaicans would gladly leave the land of wood and water to reside in other countries if possible.

The Bill Johnson poll commissioned by the Gleaner found that more than four out of every 10 Jamaicans had a strong desire to leave the island.

According to the Gleaner, forty-three per cent of Jamaicans interviewed in the poll conducted by Johnson said that either they or person/s in their immediate families hoped to migrate to another country within the next five years or so.

Another 39 per cent indicated that no one in their families had signalled an interest in migrating, while 18 per cent indicated that they did now know.


One thousand one hundred Jamaicans were interviewed in the survey, which was conducted on January 17 and 18, 2015, with a sampling error of plus or minus three per cent.

Last year a similar study conducted by the Centre for Leadership and Governance in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, found that 49.3 per cent of young adults would relinquish Jamaican citizenship to live in another country.

The Johnson survey found that 44 per cent of youth between the ages of 18 and 24 years indicated that they would fly out of Jamaica. Similarly, 44 per cent between the ages of 25 and 34 would leave, while 46 per cent of Jamaicans between the ages of 35 and 44 would.

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Source: The Gleaner

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