The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, in Kingston. Similar launches have taken place in the United Kingdom and Canada, with plans afoot to carry out launches throughout the United States of America and in other locations where it is feasible to do so. Latin America and the Caribbean are key targets in this effort.

The Project, which will take place over an eighteen (18) month period, will be facilitated by way of an online survey tool housed on the following website: www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int. Following the completion of the Project, a database of Jamaicans overseas, their location, skills and interests, will be created. It is hoped that the completion of the survey by members of the Jamaican Diaspora, will enable the Government of Jamaica to more effectively engage these members of the extended Jamaican family.

Please note that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised that as at 10th July 2014, there have been One Hundred and Fifty (150) respondents to the Project’s General Survey, with respondents hailing from Malawi, South Africa, Australia and Europe among other locations. There were a total of two (2) responses to the Group Survey as of the same date. The aim is to have at least 100,000 persons completing the survey by the end of the eighteen (18) month period which began in December 2013.

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