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Migrate, seek better opportunities and contribute to Jamaica, advises Crawford

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 1:54 PM
Damion Crawford - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Junior Government Minister Damion Crawford, says he is encouraging Jamaicans to migrate to developed countries to get better opportunities and contribute to Jamaica’s development.




According to him, Jamaica will benefit from the increased migration in areas such as remittances as well as from the new ideas that will come from returning residents.



Crawford's comments this morning on TVJ's, Smile Jamaica, shocked hosts Simone Clarke-Cooper and Yendi Phillipps.



He responded that most people are usually shocked by his views, adding that logic is a 'badword' in Jamaica.



The Junior Tourism and Entertainment Minister says he is not declaring that Jamaica cannot provide the opportunities being sought.



However, he says there is a perception of better opportunities overseas.



Crawford says the view advanced by some politicians urging citizens to remain and build Jamaica was only relevant when globalisation was not a reality.



Last week, the results of a survey by the University of the West Indies found that almost a half of Jamaica’s youths would be willing to surrender their citizenship to live in another country, with many citing the better opportunities available over seas.



The National Youth Values and Attitudes survey conducted last year also revealed that many youths were dissatisfied with the opportunities that are available to them.



Crawford says he feels that opportunity is often mistaken with the desire for higher income.



He adds that the Government has not failed young people, even as he admits that the Government must take the blame for some issues affecting that sector of the society.



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