Dominica rated number two among top 20 countries by proportional immigration

Dominica was rated as number two in terms of the twenty top countries of immigration by proportion, according to the 2019 World Migration Report.

This information was revealed by Communications Officer for the International Organization of Migration (IOM), Maxine Alleyne- Esprit.

She said the Caribbean has one of the highest immigration rates, which is the movement of people outward worldwide of skilled and tertiary level educated individual.

“The World Migration Report of 2019 rated St Kitts and Nevis as number one and Dominica as number two in terms of the top 20 countries of immigration by proportion,” she explained.

According to Alleyne-Esprit, between 2017 and 2018, it was estimated that 9.5 percent of the Dominican population were migrants, whereas in Antigua the figure in terms of the number of migrants as a percentage of the overall population is 28.7 percent.”

“We are estimated slightly under 10 percent, whereas Antigua is close to 30,” she said.

Additionally, Alleyne- Esprit said globally statistics show that one in every 30 persons is a migrant.

“At least 3.4 percent of the global population contributes over 9 percent to global GDP. The evidence is also that migrants spend on average 85 percent of their earnings in their host countries, so whereas we have remittances and remittances generally accounts for just about 15 percent of the income of migrants,” she said.

Meantime Alleyne-Esprit said Dominica plays the role of both country of origin as well as host country, saying it possess challenges either way.

Alleyne-Esprit was speaking during the recently held ‘Eggs & Issues Breakfast”.

Maxine Alleyne Esprit (centre) on Eggs and Issues Panel


Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of Inc. All comments are approved by before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-topic

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. Fredrick
    January 29, 2020

    But who wants to stay in that blody country Dominica .. no money .. things expensive like what…victimization …curruption … Little salary..Nan that country is a waste!! Currrupt Dlp government selling passpot to criminals.. that country finish!

    • Casio
      January 29, 2020

      not to mention a set of fools in red that think the nonsense that is happening today is the best thing that ever happened to Dominica. Most of them were not even alive to know any better. Most of their parents never knew better to teach them what simple things like dignity and integrity are about. their pride is in the wrong things. Dominica not going anywhere. We think selling passport to build magnificent edifices that sit and watch us will be the way. But they love putting the cart before the horse thinking is so it is. In truth is so it is. But it is so because we allow it to be. we need people with common sense and integrity who arent trying to be friends with a senator or minister just for personal gain. we need people who want to work hard for their own and not play friends with strangers just for social climbing and monetary gain. people who can turn this country around because we acting like lost little girls with daddy issues these days. We need to build the private sector.

  2. jaded
    January 27, 2020

    The people commenting here don’t understand this article. In fact, Dominica ranks very high because most Dominicans prefer to remain in Dominica. Proportionally, many more Antiguans choose to leave Antigua.

    • Toto
      January 27, 2020

      And how many Dominicans working in Antigua then. Perhaps they did not move there but are commuting? Get real man, Haitians coming here because it more easy but not for the wages because they could get far more even in Antigua.

    • Parallels
      January 27, 2020

      Well they could av just said it in plain English for all to understand, if they themselves understand it, instead of gobbledygook to sound like they intelligent. It’s indicative of people with nothing to say but have a budget to say it. :-x

      • Roger Burnett
        January 28, 2020

        Your sentence “It’s indicative of people with nothing to say but have a budget to say it.” is a gem and applicable to so many consultations.

    • Dominican
      January 27, 2020

      The population of Dominica, at the beginning of Ms, Charles’ reign in 1980 was 75, 314. and 2019 it was estimated* by the U.N. at 71,852.
      By comparison the population of Antigua & Barbuda over the same period grew from 73,,442 to 97,292. Antigua, like Dominica has also had its share of natural disasters during this time, particularly Storm Erica.

      * In contrast to Antigua our government has not disclosed the population count of their latest census of 2011. Its own website says under this category:”info. not available”, which makes me suspect it was less than 70,000.
      Likewise, the current U.N. estimate is suspect as I believe that after the effects of Maria and Erica the figure is closer to 60, 000. I would be delighted to be corrected by Govt. on this, of course.

    • Terminology
      January 27, 2020

      To clarify
      1. Migration The movement of persons away from their place of usual residence, either across an international border or within a State.

      2. Immigration From the perspective of the country of arrival, the act of moving into a country other than one’s country of nationality or usual residence, so that the country of destination effectively becomes his or her new country of usual residence.

      • Lin clown
        January 27, 2020

        JADED,those UWP do not understand.DOMINICA 9.5 migration.St.Kitts is less than 9.5.Antigua is about 30%.What does that have to do with Ms Charles?Typical UWP these people just do not understand.De Londoner and Galileo making complete ……of yourselves

    • Casio
      January 29, 2020

      Most dominicans? How many Dominicans do we have here now? How many did we have before Maria? You cannot answer because noone has conducted a census in the last 10-15 years. How can a country that has a birth rate higher than a death rate continue to be at the same population year in year out? Does that not tell you that every year we leave in droves? Every year the college and high schools have a graduation, majority of these youth do not find work. they stay here a year or 2 scrunting if they do find a job, then they leave. that is normal life here year in year out. if they stayed, we would have at least 100,000 people here. but noone knows. We definitely have less people than before Maria. How many dominicans living and working in St kitts, st lucia, antigua, barbados ? too many.

  3. Galileo
    January 27, 2020

    Our people are definitely moving in huge numbers to the detriment of the country and these individuals can’t be blamed. The blame falls squarely on those in authority in Dominica, and here I am not talking only government. For some reason mediocrity is the order of the day and qualified individuals are help back while party supporters and favorites, who are prone to be gossipers, but with now qualifications for the job are promoted. People are placed in very sensitive positions which if not properly managed may affect the health of citizens and visitors or even lead to the death of the same, and these individuals have not the basic requirements to do the job. This is serious and I have ask journalist to look into a particularly utility company in Dominica. Do your investigations and please do not wait until it is too late and we have a tragedy on our hands.
    I say all of this to give an example as to why people leave our country and this cannot be good for us in any way. Save…

    January 26, 2020

    Those who flee ain’t any better off. Some wish they had not make the mistake because of what they are going through and can’t buy a ticket to return Home. Many think is a bed of roses out there but is only when they fall in it they know what it is like.

    • Me
      January 28, 2020

      Not a bed of roses perhaps, but fewer thorns.

  5. Kalinago Justice
    January 26, 2020

    It’s no surprise that most people want to leave that one-man corrupt rogue regime slave plantation mentality island! It’s also shameful that people of the island have to depend on remittances to survive, while their one-man corrupt rogue regime prime mistake lives in luxury and a mansion similar to that of rogue leadas…. of Africa!!!

    • viewsexpressed
      January 26, 2020

      This statement below is so true and worth instigating some more:-
      It’s also shameful that people of the island have to depend on remittances to survive, while their one-man corrupt rogue regime “prime mistake” lives in luxury and a mansion similar to that of rogue leaders…. of Africa!!!
      Our people need to stand up strongly and challenge this failed incompetent immature Skerrit. We need to get our nature isle running towards some level of high standard and development. This labour government and its followers must get rid of this Political “Soap Opera” nonsense that is killing our country development, reduced, created poverty and begging due to the failure of immature Skerrit and his failed leaderless Labour Government. Skerrit isn`t of leadership material, just this fame and “Show-off” we see on a daily basis. This failed PM, goes up his Office known as “Red Clinic” and our people are desperate and turned to beggars for cash from Skerrit, at his office. This abuse has gone…

  6. Di Londoner
    January 25, 2020

    This the reason for the brain drain in Dominica. However, most migrants have no other option but to flee.

    • viewsexpressed
      January 27, 2020

      Well said. I am hoping that Skerrit and is failed lost Cabinet and ministers have taken note. If not, as I am sure that they are oblivious and dumb to the current situation of deliberate migration.
      It`s a known fact that Skerrit who over stayed in office with his fake, failed incompetent Labour Government must Go, and they MUST take Skerrit with them. This DLP have killed the opportunities and vision of our Dominica. Skerrit is leaderless, visionless, clueless and mindless of the Protocal and structure in planning towards the development of our island Dominica, where under failed Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government has killed our banana, lime, grapefruit industries, and now desperate for states revenue desperately goes for the questionable corrupt, devious passport industry. We still have not seen the benefits of this programme where the only people who are happily out there traveling as Dominicans with our passports are happily laughing at us.
      Skerrit has failed us. Go

  7. Toto
    January 25, 2020

    All this is to try and show that immigration from outside Dominica into our country is beneficial. I am not buying that. Beneficial perhaps for people smugglers but not to the population as a whole. Those big boys in Possie want to feed their money machine. Dominica not a rich country. I don’t care what you say, fancy talk for ordinary people not to admit they don’t understand it because they may look stupid.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available