Jamaicans In Diaspora In No Hurry To Return Home

  

[adapted]:  scenes from Jamaica:

I yell and scream about the need to lower, if not eradicate crime in Jamaica for years. I am heartened to see that other mediums are recognizing what is happening and reporting on it.

I believe and maintain that the astronomically high crime rate does impact the number of Jamaicans returning home. High incidences of crime also negatively affect investment from overseas prospects. The fact that Nations like the United States, Canada and England have decided to use deportation as a means of removing some of it’s criminals, has had dire consequences for our Island Nation.

Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Range:

The unwillingness and lack of resolve on the part of Jamaican Authorities to design and execute serious anti-crime Policies geared at clamping down on the Island’s criminals has only served to make the problem worse. Several International Rating Agencies have reported on this including Transparency International which rated Jamaica 84 % corrupt out of a possible one hundred.

This does not bode well for investment opportunities. It also presents a serious problem for Law abiding Jamaicans and those wishing to return when the perception remains that the Legislators do not want to improve the system because they are afraid their criminal conduct will come to an end.

 Yahoo news reported on this  issue sometime ago:

Irwine Clare, managing director of the New York-based advocacy group Caribbean Immigrant Services, believes crime is the biggest problem keeping Jamaicans from resettling on the island. “We recognize the impact of what crime and violence has done to our beloved nation. It is cause for major concern. But we are very much a God-fearing people so we never give up in spite of all the odds that are against us,” Clare said in a telephone interview. “It is also for us in the diaspora to help find a solution.http://news.yahoo.com/jamaica-frets-over-slowdown-returning-islanders

When I talk about crime particularly in Jamaica I never do so in the abstract, I don’t talk or write because I like to hear myself talk or want to be seen. I do so because I am passionate about Jamaica, I am passionate about the country I grew up in, the goodness of the people, that we didn’t have two pennies to rub against each didn’t matter, at least to me.

  

Scenes of Jamaica many of it’s inhabitants never see:

We basically accepted that we were poor, and we aspired to change our lives through hard work and education. However over the last couple of decades we have watched as our country has been  drastically transformed from that peaceful fun diamond in the Caribbean sea, to a place people talk about with trepidation , scorn, and a place to be shunned.

Our country is now broke, incapable of paying public sector workers,even though they have been forced to accept mandatory wage freezes. As I wrote previously, there would be some semblance of hope going forward, if the people in power understood that the single greatest danger to Jamaica is the existential threat crime poses.

It is indeed a national security threat when the greater part of the country’s net earnings are used to service the interest on the suffocating debt. Over recent months some publications to include the Chicago Tribune have reported on the seriousness of Jamaica’s debt crisis, which the Tribune say is worse than that of Greece.

So while the Overseas media reports on the seriousness of the challenges Jamaica faces , there is no change in the way the leaders go about doing business. Even many of us who reside in other countries have gotten sucked into the false narrative of (jamaica nice) this bull**** is a misnomer of the worst order.

With about the same population as the city of Chicago Jamaica records between 3 & 5 times the number of homicides annually, depending on the year. And homicides are just a single component of Jamaica’s crime crisis. Rapes, assaults, shootings, child abuse, spousal abuse, robberies, are just a few of the other serious violent offences which has now resulted in a 50% drop in the number of people returning to the country of their birth to live out their retirement.

If the number of people who wanted to return dries up, it will be a  serious blow to the country’s floundering economy, considering returning residents contribute up to 15% of the country’s  foreign exchange inflow.

About 3 million Jamaicans live abroad, more than the 2.7 million who live on the Island. The $2 billion they send home each year is a major source of investment and wealth for this poor island. It accounts for more than 13 percent of GDP. The Bank of Jamaica says retirees who move back home are a key factor, estimating that their pensions provide 15 percent of the inflow of foreign currency.

I hate to say I told you so………..But whether you like it or not, I have been warning that we would one day get here. We simply cannot build a nation on drink , drug, sex, music, and murder, not to suggest that those are all our country has to offer, there simply is too much of the aforementioned.


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