Caribbean Event Promises Insights on Migration, Freedom of Movement, and Private Sector


An enlightening panel discussion, “Conversations on Migration in the CaribbeanEngaging the Private Sector” is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 11 October 2023, in a virtual format. 

The event will be moderated by Stephanie Dei, Head of Private Sector Partnerships at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

It will feature three distinguished panelists representing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Unit, a private global enterprise (Europe/Caribbean) Olive Strachan Consultancy, and the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce CARICHAM. 

Each panelist will contribute their unique perspectives to discussions centered around labour migration, freedom of movement and engaging the private sector in the Caribbean and diaspora in the development of the region.

Migration is a topic of paramount importance in the Caribbean, with various factors such as climate change, political and social instability, and inequalities in labour markets influencing the movement of people and the economic development of the region. 

In a recent CSME Data workshop supported by IOM, CSME Director Leo Titus Preville emphasized the critical importance of monitoring and evaluating the performance of policies designed to support the needs of the labour sector in the single market and economy.

He remarked, “Having made the decisions to expand the approved list of skill categories, given how crucial access to the right skill set is for production purposes, it is of utmost importance that there is a robust means of capturing, analyzing, and interpreting the performance of the free movement of skills and temporary service providers regimes, in particular within the CSME.”

During the recent Concordia summit held in New York in September, IOM’s Director General  Amy Pope referenced the gaps in the labour market in the Caribbean.

She stated, “All across the world and, in particular, in the Caribbean, countries are grappling with significant labour shortages, and we recognize that demographic changes have not aligned people with opportunities.” 

The decision of CARICOM Heads of Government to pursue full Freedom of Movement provides the perfect opportunity to utilize well- managed migration as a strategic tool to deal with this challenge.

This episode of Conversations on Migration in the Caribbean, a new initiative launched in July 2023 as part of the implementation of IOM’s Strategy on Migration for the Caribbean (, aims to shed light on these critical issues and provide a platform for meaningful conversations, including collaboration with private sector stakeholders who play a pivotal role in shaping migration-related policies and practices.

Panelists will also explore strategies for engaging the private sector in addressing migration challenges, promoting inclusive economic growth, and supporting the well-being of migrants.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023

Time: 10 -11 am (GMT-04)

Link to Live Panel Discussion:  

Moderator: Stephanie Dei – Head of Private Sector Partnerships, IOM



Mr. Leo Titus Preville – Director of the Caribbean Single Market, CSME Unit

Mrs. Olive Strachan –   Olive Strachan Consultancy

Mrs. Kim Aikman –  CEO Belize Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of CARICHAM


Topics for Discussion: 

How can the private sector best benefit from and contribute to well-managed migration in the context of full freedom of movement in CARICOM?

  • Labour/skills for development 
  • Demographic, population trends 
  • Climate change – sudden displacement, business continuity, loss and damage 


  • Security concerns – smuggling, human trafficking, territorial concerns 
  • Data – assessment of trends, evidence-based decisions 






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  1. This is typical of Caribbean institutions. This is so shallow. No insights or historical context
    It’s a showcase to highlights credentials and positions of the panelists; with subheading that seems to justify people should be allowed to freely migrate across the Caribbean based on the need for their skills.
    So Jamaicans should be able to migrate to Antigua and Barbuda to drive the big rigs at PLH; having gone to commercial driving school in Jamaica. So with their population that can allow for such businesses as big rig driving schools, the thesis individuals with the needed skills should be allowed to freely migrate
    The Caribbean has always been affected by factors now being called Climate Change.
    Incompetence and corruption in Governments should not be allowed to dictate what’s being called managed migration in the context of full freedom of movement
    The 1950 Hurricane in Antigua displaced Antigua to other islands.
    Antiguans went to work in the oil field outside Surinam in the 40s
    Eastern Caribbean people migrated to the Virgin Islands in the 50s 60s and 70s Caribbean people have been migrating from forced migration from the days of slavery.
    Go to Panama; there Rinaldo Austins
    Antonio Martins: hybrid names of individuals whose great grand fathers were from Jamaica sent to build the Panama Canal.
    We are going backwards with regards to labor skills development.
    Antigua has always been a leader in skills and professional development
    Antigua State College was a leader in machinery and small engines. LIAT had some of the most talented and highly skilled small aircraft mechanics bar none.
    Our education system was the first in the Leewards. Up to the early 80’s teachers from as far as Turks and Caicos islands were coming to Antigua for teachers training.
    Our other post secondary schools have produced
    Along the way the private sector has not done anything with regards to skills training and scholarships for further education.
    Caribbean institutions needs to take rigorous accounting of their failures and their dwindling resources. Jamaica squandered its bauxite resources; and today its a financial basket case depending on Dyaspora remittances.
    Discussions such as this should be made on evidence research, where the data becomes the bases for public policies.
    What innovation has come out of UWI
    Please what? Reggie came from Trench Town, not Mona.
    Through out the US. This year 50 years of hip hop is being celebrated. Has the only notable export ”Reggie” been examined in a seminal series?
    Other dumbing down with curriculums that more than 50 years old, and credentials that’s worth little outside of the Caribbean. What has this 75 year old legacy institution UWI done, other than languishing in their bed of mediocrity?

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