Opportunities in CARICOM Migration : Brain Circulation, Diasporic Tourism, and Investment

Between 1965 and 2000, about 12% of the Caribbean labour force moved to Canada and other developed countries, making the Caribbean the largest per capita source of emigrants in the world. Remittances from these emigrants range from one-tenth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Barbados to almost one-fifth of GDP in Jamaica. Whether the flow of remittances is large enough to offset the loss of talent is a question that has yet to be answered. This project will examine two novel dimensions of Caribbean emigration. The first is the impact of returning professionals and other skilled labour to the region (return migration or "brain circulation"). The second is the impact of a large diaspora on tourism and investment in the region. The idea is to identify existing and potential benefits of these two dimensions of Caribbean migration that go beyond remittances.

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Start Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

End Date

Monday, June 25, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Rodriguez, Mr. Edgard

Total funding

CA$ 446,700


Canada, North and Central America, Europe, United Kingdom, United States, South America, West Indies, Jamaica, Barbados


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Keith Nurse


University of the West Indies

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