The purpose of the "Regional Framework Law" is to create a legal and guiding framework that contributes to a safe, orderly and regular migration, based on respect, guaranteeing the human rights of migrants in all phases of the migration process, giving special attention to populations in vulnerable conditions in the Central America region, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico.
Evidence-based migration policies are a fundamental component of good migration governance. However, several recent studies and assessments review the multiple challenges to ensure the availability of up-to-date data and information and to understand the reality of migrations in the region.
The recent Migration Profile for Jamaica shows that emigration continues to be greatly in excess of immigration. The overall trend of decreasing numbers of permanent emigrants to the three traditional and still major destinations –United States, United Kingdom and Canada – continued but numbers trended downwards from around 29,000 in 2006 to less than 23,000 in 2015.
The purpose of this report is to offer a comprehensive view of the current state of migration governance in the ten independent Commonwealth Caribbean states and identify gaps and needs for future development. This report is not intended to provide an exhaustive background of migration in the Caribbean, but rather is meant to be used as an informative tool for the governments of the countries of the study, IOM, and other international stakeholders.