How have recent migration flows to and from Trinidad and Tobago affected the development of the country and the migrants themselves?
This study examines the profiles of immigrants, emigrants and returned migrants and investigates the effects of migration on areas like migrants’ incomes, development of skills, family structures, remittance-sending behaviour, life satisfaction and attitudes regarding social values and human rights with the aim to answer to this question.
Among its key findings, the study shows how immigrants from developing countries moved to Trinidad and Tobago for employment and study purposes, while citizens of Trinidad and Tobago moved to countries in the North to improve their standards of living and gain qualifications.
While the study found many positive impacts of migration for migrants themselves, it raises questions regarding the emigration of skilled migrants from Trinidad and Tobago, which remains a concern due to fears of skills depletion and the low rates of remittance transfer back to Trinidad and Tobago. These questions demand further research and policy attention. Replies to them, along with the analysis developed in this book, could help to integrate human mobility into national and regional development plans as well into poverty reduction strategies.