24,000 Expats from 122 Countries working in Cayman
(CNS): Statistics from the immigration department that are much more up to date than those revealed by the Economics and Statistics Office in the quarterly report last week show that there are more than 24,000 workers in Cayman from 122 different countries. The figure includes workers on full and temporary permits as well as employees in the special economic zone and those with permission to work who are awaiting a decision on their permanent residency application.
After more than a decade of an immigration policy designed to encourage employers to recruit from more diverse jurisdictions, Jamaica still contributes the most overseas workers to Cayman’s labour market, with almost 10,000 permit holders from the neighboring island.
The next largest group is workers from the Philippines, with over 3,000 permit holders, soaring past those from Canada, who were once the second largest group of foreign workers. Today, Canadians only account for just over 1,200 permit holders and are placed fifth on the nationality table after the 1,957 British workers and 1,388 Americans.