[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has assured that his government is doing all it can to curtail the soaring migration of Guyanese which has impacted Guyana’s declining population growth.
He said his Government is committed to building and strengthening the local economy and implementing various social programmes as it has done over the past 20 years so as to offer Guyanese citizens a better quality of life.
He is hopeful that in so doing, this will hopefully stem the issue of migration. He was at the time responding to questions about Guyana’s population decline as reported in the preliminary results of the 2012 Census.
The preliminary results of the Guyana population and housing census, which commenced in September 2012 by the Guyana National Bureau of Statistics (GNBS), recorded a marginal reduction of 3,339 persons with a the population count of 751,223.
When asked about the factors that contributed to this decline, Chief Statistician and Census Officer Lennox Benjamin explained that migration continues to be the major factor in this regard.
He recalled that the country’s population had peaked in 1980 and has never been able to regain that level despite increases in birth rate.
“The net migration factor remains the biggest influence,” Benjamin stated.
President Ramotar pointed out however that this is an age-old issue that began in the 1960s and continued into the 70s and 80s. He explained that in many cases the families of these “economic migrants” were divided, and when the opportunity presented itself to reunite, they chose to do so in more developed societies.
He reminded too that is this issue is by no means unique to Guyana; however, the Government can only work to further development the country, as it has been doing in an effort to curtail migration.
“What is of note is that we do not have migration because of political persecution and political violation of people’s human rights, those are the things that are most important for me,” the Head of State said.