A number of participants voted on the question: Should the country consider a change to its immigration policy to import skilled labour in light of the population drop?
Forty two percent voted ‘No’, 39 percent voted ‘yes’ and nineteen percent were undecided.
Guyana recorded a marginal reduction of 3,339 in its population, according to a preliminary report of the long awaited Population and Housing Census 2012.
Guyana’s population count now stands at 747,884 having been 751,223 when the previous population count was conducted in 2002.
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.