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The brain drain vs remittances conundrum

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It is now mid August and there is a graduate of a secondary of tertiary instruction on the Internet right now seeking oversees employment because Jamaica seems like an eternal darkness and they can't see their way out.

There's the saying that “children are the future,” but for Jamaicans it's translated as “Remittance is the future.” Many parents and family members are happy because their Jamaican children abroad are patriotic, not to Jamaica itself, but to MoneyGram, Western Union, and the container wharf.

The month of August and December are the busiest months with remittances and at the container terminals, and we all know why.

Our young, bright minds are being swallowed up by better offers in Canada, United States, Japan, Bermuda, England, and even other Caribbean islands.

If you speak to the youth of today they will tell you that they love Jamaica very much. Then listen for the conjunction that follows — but. They are looking an escape. The nurses are leaving, the police are leaving, the teachers are leaving, the engineers are leaving, and you find them in all parts of the world in better position progressing faster and earning more than their equal in Jamaica. This has caused the stakeholders to be thinking about bonding and charging people in certain sectors because they see the gold leaving the 'wood and water'.

For confirmation, check 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, the location of the US Embassy in Jamaica, on any given workday, as early as 4:00 am, to see the many young professionals who “nah lef' sweet, sweet Jamaica” standing in a queue waiting to say bye-bye to the land of their birth.

Crime, unemployment, corruption, and little to no production are just some of the factors that are affecting our economic brain drain.

To the learned people in high places, do we continue on the same path in order to boost the economy with remittances or do we do something?

Hezekan Bolton

h_e_z_e@hotmail .com

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