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Diaspora Groups of the Eastern Caribbean: Opportunities, challenges and needs for collaboration

Thematic Area
Labor mobility and human development
The Caribbean
United States

The Eastern Caribbean region has some of the highest emigration rates in the world, and yet is also known for maintaining strong ties with their home countries through social groups such as diaspora organizations. These organizations have played an important function in connecting diaspora communities abroad to countries of origin, and, until now, little research has focused on diaspora organizations from the Eastern Caribbean region. This study identified the level of organization of diaspora groups from the Eastern Caribbean sub-region, their needs, challenges they face, and their level of commitment to engage with governments from countries of origin. Overall, the study mapped out diaspora organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located in Canada, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.