Luckiest Jamaicans outside of Jamaica?
Happy St. Patty’s day and the luck of the Irish to you! Ireland has a growing community of Jamaicans who are making Ireland their away home.
First, let us get a bead on Ireland. Ireland is a country adjacent to England. It has a population of 4 million people with a third of the people live in the Dublin area.
When most people hear the word Ireland and still think of bombs and the peace process. Ireland is really two places – Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Republic is the South, the 26 counties where peace has reigned for 90 plus years. The goings on up North do not affect the South save as a daily drumbeat of background news. Northern Ireland has definitely changed. A political settlement has been reached. Peace reigns and normality is, finally, normal.
As to immigration, a brand new green card system was put in place in 2007. Under this system, if you have a job offer with an annual salary of €60,000 or more, you’re welcome. Between €30,000 – €60,000 per year only people with in-demand skills qualify. We’re talking jobs like computer programmer, nurse or medical practitioner or technician, archtitect, engineer, materials surveyor, and the like.
We caught us with one of the Jamaican community leaders, Dr. Livingstone to get a down home sense of life for Jamaicans in Ireland.
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A watched kettle never boils.