The Origins and Socio-Economic Characteristics

of the Foreign Born Population in Three Caribbean Societies:

Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent




In the context of the West Indian migration tradition, this article focuses on a counter stream of immigration from 1871 to 1991 to explain the presence of various foreign born groups in Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. Census data highlight the importance of East Indian immigrants in the late nineteenth century and of West Indians in the twentieth. Examination of the 1991 socio-economic characteristics reveals the foreign born are more educated with hither occupational and income status than their native counterparts-differences due primarily to British and North American immigrants, and Caribbean professionals working in regional organizations and businesses.