Report Details Turks & Caico Population Growth

July 23, 2016

The Turks and Caicos Islands has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean according to a new report, which says their population could reach 55,498 people by the year 2027, compared with 32,199 in 2012, with citizens of the Turks and Caicos constituting a “declining proportion.”

ECLAC Caribbean said, “The population of the Turks and Caicos Islands could reach 55,498 people by the year 2027 – compared with 32,199 in 2012 – according to the medium projection in a joint report launched by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean [ECLAC] subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Statistics Department of the Turks and Caicos Government.

“Net migration accounts for 68 per cent of this projected increase with natural change [births less deaths] accounting for the remaining 32 per cent.

“Immigration of people from neighbouring countries seeking employment created by the development of tourism has been the main driver of population growth in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1980 when the population was just 7,413.

“Citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands, formerly called Belongers, constitute a declining proportion of the population. They represented 69 per cent of the total in 1990, falling to 37 per cent in 2012 and, if current trends continue, could represent less than a quarter of the population by 2027.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands currently have one of the youngest populations in the Caribbean. This is partly because immigrants tend to be younger working age people. In 2012, the most populous age group was persons between 25 and 44 years [comprising 39 per cent of the population].

“However, the population is ageing; by 2027 the most populous age group will be those between 35 and 54 years [again 39 per cent of the total]. The proportion of persons aged over 65 will remain relatively low, increasing from 3.5 per cent to 7 per cent over this period, but continuing to increase rapidly after 2027.

“The projections are based on census data, vital statistics and assumptions about future patterns of fertility, mortality and international migration. Population projections are used by policymakers and planners to analyse population trends and their implications for social and economic development including the future demand for resources and services.

“ECLAC worked in collaboration with the Statistics Department of the Turks and Caicos Government to develop the population projections and also provided training to the staff of the Statistics Department in the methods and software used to produce the projections”

Further details are available in the 161-page report [PDF].

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  1. Coffee says:

    Only Bermudians need apply ! Bermuda for Bermudians !

  2. Larry Burchall says:

    It’s particularly interesting to note that this report on T&C, and its comments on emigration and immigration in the Caribbean helps to show and highlight how very different Bermuda was, and is.

    This report shows T&C and the Caribbean having net EMIGRATION from 1921 to the 1970s/1980s; giving them static or declining populations.

    However, from 1921 to 2008, Bermuda had net and large IMMIGRATION, causing a growing ResPop.

    From the 70s/80 to now, T&C and the Caribbean have had net IMMIGRATION resulting in ResPop increases.

    However, from 2008 to now, Bermuda has had net EMIGRATION; that is Bermuda has had a declining ResPop. Bermuda is operating opposite to T&C and the Caribbean.

    Census 2000 counted 62,059 residents in Bermuda. In 2014,the Bermuda Government reported that Bermuda had a ResPop of 61,777. So over fourteen years, Bermuda has certainly lost ResPop.

    Also, Bermuda had a ResPop peak of 68,000/69,000 in 2008. So Bermuda’s ResPop loss has been massive.

    I’ve always written and said and presented that Bermuda has a unique economy. This T&C report helps highlight Bermuda’s uniqueness and the differences between us lot and our Island cousins.

    Larry Burchall

  3. Kangoocar says:

    Congratulations xenophobes!! TCI will be the next Island to stamp on our grave and laugh all the way to the bank! We are heading into a very serious situation very soon because we will not be able to support our aging population, and the Turcs are growing their younger population and will have no worries! We can all thank the plp for preaching nonsense to their support base all in an effort to get re-elected, once again the plp have proven, it is all about them first no matter the cost, and to heck with the rest of BDA!! And that includes the very ones that vote for them because of shear ignorance and the lack of being able to grasp even the simplest idea of fiscal solvency!! The sad part is, the plp have already bankrupted us, so there is NO money anymore to control, and secondly the vast majority of those that are still to blind to see the light ( plp supporters ) will be the first ones that will starve to death!! I think it was Einstein that said, ” ignorance has NO limits” oh boy was he ever correct!!!