Half of Jamaica’s Youth Willing To Renounce Citizenship – Study

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Almost a half of Jamaica’s young people would be willing to give up their citizenship to live in another country.

That’s the finding of a survey conducted by the Centre for Leadership and Governance at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

It also found that more than 60-percent of young people believe current leaders are not properly managing the country.

According to the survey, most of those young Jamaicans surveyed would give up their citizenship to live in another country so for better opportunities.

The survey found that almost 43-percent of those below 18 say they would be willing to emigrate.

While, almost a half of the young adult population – at 49-percent – said they would.

The findings are contained in a National Youth Values and Attitudes Survey conducted in April last year.

Director of the UWI’s Centre for Leadership and Governance, Dr. Lloyd Waller, says the study found that many young people thought they couldn’t achieve their dreams in Jamaica.

He says this is directly linked to unemployment.

A statement from the UWI’s Department of Government says the survey targeted only Jamaican youths, from a total youth population of just over 627-thousand.

The survey had a sample size of 1-thousand youths from across all parishes, with a margin of error of 4-percent.

Youth are persons between 14 and 25 years old.

The survey also found that 60-percent believe that the country is not being managed effectively.

While, 62-percent noted that the current leaders do not have the capacity to manage the country’s affairs.