Results from the 2010 Virgin Islands Population and Housing Census have shown that 61% of the territory’s population was born overseas, and most expatriates are from Guyana, followed by St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and then Jamaica.
Only persons born in the territory are usually considered BVIslanders, BVI News Online has been informed. Children born to BVIslanders overseas, in the meantime, will automatically acquire Belonger status.
According to the census which was tabled in the House of Assembly this week, in the year 2010, the territory’s human population stood at 28,054.
Of that number, 61% or 17,113 persons were ‘born outside the territory’.
Of the various groups of expatriates, in the meantime, the census listed the top 10 by nationalities, with Guyanese in the lead.
7.2% of expatriates are from Guyana, 7% from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6% from Jamaica, 5.5% from the United States, 5.4% from the Dominican Republic, 5.3% from the US Virgin Islands, 4.3% from St. Kitts & Nevis, 3.9% from Dominica, 2.5% from the United Kingdom, and 1.7% from Grenada.
The census, which was delayed for four year without any explanation to the public, also stated that over 45% of expatriates acquired ‘some form of legal status’ in the British Virgin Islands.
When the census data was disaggregated by islands, it revealed that 83% or 23,419 persons reside on the mainland – Tortola.
Fourteen percent or 3,930 resided on Virgin Gorda, 1% or 285 persons resided on Anegada, and another 1% or 298 live on the island of Jost Van Dyke.
A population and housing census is the primary source of information about the number and characteristics of a given population.
The previous one in the British Virgin Islands was conducted back in 2001, and the process is usually carried out every 10 years.
Due to the protracted delay in the 2010 census being completed, however, concerns already have been expressed about its accuracy.
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