Almost 2,000 Jamaican Refugees


Nearly 2,000 Jamaicans were considered refugees at the end of 2015.

According to report from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, UNHCR, 1,868 Jamaicans are recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention, and have been granted temporary protection.

Of that number, 837 Jamaicans are actively seeking asylum in other countries.

The report doesn’t say where the Jamaicans are seeking asylum or refugee status, nor on what grounds. It says there are 12 refugees from other countries in Jamaica, including 5 who are seeking asylum.

Meanwhile, 369 people from Trinidad and Tobago are described as refugees, with 197 seeking asylum in other countries. In the Caribbean, Haiti has the most refugees – nearly 35,000. Additionally, nearly 7,000 Cubans are described as refugees.