Migration In The Bahamas

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Illegal immigrants are a problem that affects Bahamians. An illegal immigrant is a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country 's authorization. There are many problems that illegal immigrants can cause to our society which develop, overpopulation, they are using our health, education and unemployment. Therefore, the Bahamas government must control the flow of illegal immigrants into the Bahamas in order to offer more chances for Bahamians. These Haitian or Haitian-Bahamian sloops carry cultural influences back and forth between the two places and, compounded with other forms of migration, move information into the US and other migratory centers. One such center is Miami, and this leads to what could…show more content…
Migration, particularly Haitian migration, has been and continues to be a top concern in the Bahamas. I would therefore argue here that this migration, increased in the 21st century, has had a huge impact on Bahamian ‘identity’ and on the subsequent ways that this ‘identity’ is constructed. Ultimately, more needs to be done on working to prevent migration, not on creating public policy to deal with migration once the migrants have arrived in the receiving country. This need has only been increased in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and the Cholera outbreak. If we examine trends in numbers of arrivals, the direct forward and backward links between events in Haiti and increased migration would be…show more content…
In terms of health care it is a well-known fact that many times it is difficult for legal citizens to obtain health care in a timely manner because of the influx of immigrants seeking health care on a daily basis. It is reported that between 2005 and 2010 there was an estimated 4500 babies born to woman whose births country was listed as Haiti. Although not surprising this is just one example of the amount of medical resources being used by foreign migrants. As it relates to education it has been of paramount concern for quite some time, the issue of over population at many of the schools throughout the Bahamas, an issue many educators claim is due to the increasing number of foreign migrants. This puts a strain on the teacher and essentially prevents him/her from teaching at the best of their ability making it harder for the children of legal citizenship and persons that already know English to perform well in school. The Nassau Guardian stated that illegal immigrant get equal health care. Government says no discrimination in this system. It is government policy not to discriminate in the delivery of health care to immigrants, despite significant drain on the medical system, says Minister of Health Dr. Marcus Bethel. Haitians immigrants currently represent approximately 28 per cent of HIV/AIDS infections, 21 percent of tuberculosis
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