We speak about the people who came to Jamaica but what about the people who left. Many
Jamaicans migrated from Jamaica, for better opportunities, to build their lives, to escape violence and
more. It is said we can find Jamaicans almost anywhere. Name a country and it’s very possible you’ll find
a yaadie there. Jamaican and Caribbean immigrants have built countries. Some first world countries
wouldn’t be what these are without the labour, sacrifices and invaluable contributions from the people
who migrated there. There’s much to say about the Windrush generation and its scandal is heart-
wrenching. But before we get to that, let’s cover what the Windrush immigration/generation is.
Do you know that the Lebanese is one of the groups that came to Jamaica? Why do
you think they came here? We mentioned immigrants such as the Indians and Chinese who migrated to
Jamaica as indentured laborers. The Lebanese, however, did not. They, like the Jews, landed in Jamaica
of their own free will and also, to escape religious persecution.
(A brief history of how Jamaicans came to be from the Arawaks to Out of Many One People) Jamaica was originally called Xaymaca, which means Land of Wood and Water. The original inhabitants of the land called the Arawaks/Tainos gave this island the name, Xaymaca. According to research, the Tainos came to Xaymaca over 2500 […]