Jamaica's Population Is Declining
Jamaica's Population In Decline
I was drawn to an article on Irie FM, one of our popular radio stations here in Jamaica, that reported our population declined in 2018 (over 2017).
According to them, The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reportedly said that a steadily declining birth rate, and a negative net migration, led to a decline in Jamaica’s population last year.
Carol Coy, Director General of STATIN was quoted as saying that an estimate of the population in 2018 indicated a decline of almost 1,700 people.
Well, you know me, I got curios, rushed to the Statistical Institute Of Jamaica website and started my detective work and confirmed same!
In actuallity, we were down an estimated 1672 persons.
An estimated 2,726,667 persons were recorded in 2018, compared to 2,728,339 in 2017.
But I went further and checked the previous year and noticed that it is in fact a trend that started from 2016, apparently for the first time!
In 2016, the population was reported to be 2,728,968; so at 2,728,339 in 2017, the decline was 629.
To me that's not quite shocking, but very very interesting! Two years in a row?
But population decline is not new to Jamaica, it appears to be a new feature of many developing countries!
Honestly, I am quietly concerned about us!
What's your view on this though? What do you think are the contributing factors?
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