Jamaican Economy Panel Discussion Seven on The Impact of Migration in Jamaica
31 December 2021
Jamaica is rapidly moving to an advanced stage of demographic transition, partly due to a rapid decline in the birth rate, but more so due to a high emigration rate. In 2020, there were 33,800 births and 18,100 deaths (Economic and Social Survey of Jamaica), which would have resulted in a population increase of about 15,700 persons. However, net emigration caused the loss of a further 18,000 people, thus leading to a minor population decline. Before 2010, the Jamaican population increased by around 10,000 people annually, but since 2017, this has turned into an annual population decline.