Survey: Immigration Impact On Economy

August 6, 2019

Nearly three quarters of residents overall believe that immigration benefits the economy, according to Total Research Associate’s Bermuda Omnibus quarterly survey.

A spokesperson said, “Residents were asked to indicate their personal opinion regarding the economic impact of immigration. Specifically, they were asked whether they believe that ‘immigrants serve to increase the number of jobs in Bermuda, and thus tend to expand the economy overall’ – or – if they believe that ‘immigrants take jobs in Bermuda from existing residents, and thus do not expand the economy overall’.

“Findings show that nearly three quarters of residents overall believe that immigration benefits the economy [72%], while fewer than three in ten disagree [28%]. Of note, Bermuda’s openness to immigration exceeds that of other jurisdictions, including Nova Scotia, where support for immigration is lower.

Economic impact of immigration Bermuda Aug 2019

“At the same time, Bermuda residents were also asked to indicate how important immigration is to the Island’s economy. Most feel that immigration is essential to some degree [96%], including nearly two thirds who consider immigration to be critical to Bermuda’s economic outlook [63%]. Conversely, only a few are of the opinion that immigration does not have a crucial economic role [2%].

Importance of immigration Bermuda Aug 2019

“These results are part of Total Research Associate’s Bermuda Omnibus®, a syndicated quarterly survey of public opinion in Bermuda, and are based on a telephone sample of 400 adults [18 years of age or older], conducted from July 2nd to July 13th, 2019. Overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.”

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  1. Question says:

    It looks like Burch is in that weird 4% in the three right-hand columns.

  2. Rotten Onion says:

    We can do all the surveys we want, but the blind faithful already have the anti foreigner rhetoric embedded deep inside thanks to the PLP.

  3. CrazyLogic says:

    What the fox. How can you say that 3 quarters of Bermudian Residents support this idea that a person who has a job can create a job. The only way an immigrant can create a job for me the Bermudian is if he lost his job. Who designed the surve? How many people took the survey? Cause I’m a resident I didn’t even know about it. Did the the issuer of the survey or any members of the team have information to assist the “lean” of the out come of the final report? UBPhockin crazy if you assume that these questions will not be on a pati form.

    • JohnnyB says:

      What is meant by that is that 1 person new to the island can create more jobs. They will need to buy groceries, they will go out to eat, they will buy gas, pay rent. Its a knock on affect not a 1:1 relationship.

    • Preview says:

      I’m a foreigner and an employer. I currently employ 10 people in Bermuda. The majority are Bermudian. I take the risk of success or failure.

      I am about to launch a new company where I expect a similar level of employment. This company does not need to be located in Bermuda. I can easily outsource the work elsewhere at a fraction of the cost. Incorporating in Bermuda essentially saves me the cost of attending an annual board meeting in another jurisdiction. That being said, proximity is generally always preferred.

      I am based in Bermuda for a number of reasons; some of which are: 1) geographical convenience 2) a strong domestic regulator (the BMA) and the stable jurisdictional reputation it helps to support 3) access to an educated and experienced workforce.

      To say…”The only way an immigrant can create a job for me the Bermudian is if he lost his job”…shows a superficial understanding of the broader economy and how it actually works. Maybe dig a little deeper. If you want my job or the job of those like me (domestic or foreign) then step up and give it a shot. I wish you nothing but success; as I am sure would those who you might employ.

      • 2woke says:

        “3) access to an educated and experienced workforce.”

        I commend your diplomacy, but we all know that this isn’t the case.

    • Onion Peels says:

      The plp tried that sort of thinking a decade ago. Kick the foreigners out and the companies will have to give the vacant jobs to Bermudians, qualified or not. Instead the companies took the jobs to other countries. Funny how that works init.

    • Anbu says:

      And this is exactly why we can never move forward on the issue. The pee el pee says that foreigners steal jobs and the majority take it as gospel. If that is in fact the case then those same pee el pee-ers with foreign spouses need to send them packin and marry a local. Smh. ( yes that was sarcasm). Like it or not we need expats.

    • Birdlegs says:

      The truth is more people create a larger economy which helps create more employment. Too bad you don’t get it.

  4. Why says:

    The question is so simplistic on such a complex issue. The truth is that they are both correct to varying degrees. One has to ask what was the purpose or who commissioned the survey? With this result some entity will take a Trump type dishonest approach and tell us that 96 per cent support open immigration.

  5. Um ahhhh says:

    This is nice, but with Burt steadily pushing business out and away from Bermuda to appease his vote baiting it wont matter. But wait, an extra $5.00 at the post office will fix the PLP financial ignorance!!

    • Reality Check says:

      That’s a full batch of stupidity unto itself . The post office is dying a slow but certain death , as it succumbs to email . What genius decided to give customers one more reason NOT to use the post office ?

  6. Not Exactly says:

    Only 4% don’t see immigration as important: so just the PLP Cabinet then…

  7. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Nearly three quarters of residents overall believe that immigration benefits the economy”

    That may be so, but our PLP Government takes a different view and always has.

  8. Jus' Askin' says:


    Immigrants are bleeding this country dry.

    The monies made leaves and never comes back.

    Immigrants are here to make their lives better not Bermuda.

    Jobs for locals are not being created.

    Wages are kept low to keep locals out of the workforce.

    • truthertz says:

      Wow. This is just straight up hate speech.

      • Jus' Askin' says:

        Where is the hate in anything I stated?!?

    • Not to Be Rude says:

      PROOF PROOF PROOF???????

      got any proof, like actual data and numbers to back up your points up, or you just hopping that people will believe you?

      • Jus' Askin' says:

        I don’t care who believes what
        I know this poll is not the truth.
        Monies made by an immigrant, does not stay in Bermuda.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “I know this poll is not the truth.”

          Really? You are questioning a poll done by a Bermuda company under the direction of a born Bermudian? Why would a born Bermudian lie to the people of Bermuda?

        • Birdlegs says:

          Stop drinking the cool aid.

        • Not to be Rude says:

          so no proof to back yourself up just what you feel with nothing to support it yeah that makes sooooo much sense.

    • Question says:

      Thankfully it looks like 96% of people are not as stupid as you.

      • Jus' Askin' says:

        I am not stupid ;-)
        I do not resort to name calling
        I stated FACTS

        • Mike Hind says:

          And yet refuse to offer evidence…

        • truthertz says:

          So what you are saying is, is that expats do not spend money in restaurants, rent local apartments/houses, do not purchase gas, go to the grocery stores, pay taxes etc. And yet you think that they do nothing for the economy? You are simply a xenophobic ignorant person.

        • Not to be Rude says:

          What facts?? you have nothing to back them up.

        • aceboy says:

          Yes you are stupid. You stated your idiotic opinion not facts.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          You are Trumpish in your logic.

    • aceboy says:

      You are an idiot and you have no understanding of the economy. It’s people like you who will destroy this island.

  9. Jt says:

    And yet immigration reform was prevented by an illegal protest.

    • hmmm says:

      You mean the PEOPLE’s protest against FAHY because he wanted to give all who are permanent residence certificate holders PRC residence Bermuda Status and work permits over 10 years PRC. Are we talking about these same people!!!

      Yes is was so bad that the OBA didn’t even run Fahy in their election.

      • Question says:

        Which is what Burt will be announcing next month, assuming he grows a pair.

        • Wake up Bie says:

          Fahy Fahy is pure Canadian lololol always has been always will be. The oba aka UBP don’t even have a pair to grow after a 25 to 11 lost LMAO. Now go change the name or create a third party. The people will not vote UBP ever again. The black voters will not support this party. FACT!!!

      • Harry Buttle says:

        It wasn’t the PEOPLE’s protest. It was a rent a crowd called up by the PLP and supported by a made up protest group, the union and the church to stop the ruling party from accomplishing something that the opposition party couldn’t accomplish in 15+ years in power.

        There was no chance that Fahy would ever be able to run because he was demonized as the bad not “Bermudian” Bermudian.

        Every time Caines goes up to make a new explanation for the delays in “comprehensive immigration reform” I cringe because I know that there’s a core group in the background pulling the strings despite the results of this survey and the inevitable results of the consultation group.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          It was mob rule. And I have not seen much change since that day.