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Article: Jamaica - A Dangerous Island Or An Expat Paradise?

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Article: Jamaica - A Dangerous Island Or An Expat Paradise?

Post Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:08 pm

Jamaica is a popular hotspot for many expats and retirees due to its booming tourism industry and natural beauty. But this small island nation, often referred to as a Caribbean paradise, has another side to it. Bureaucratic corruption, poverty and high crime levels can be an unpleasant surprise for many expats.

Crime levels

Jamaica faces a daily problem of extensive criminal activity. This includes drug trafficking, especially a thriving cocaine trade, and gang-related offences. Thefts, robberies and violent crimes of different types are also serious issues that face the residents of Jamaica.

There is also widespread corruption within the administrative structure of the country.

Jamaica’s crime and safety report of 2013 indicates that violent crime is a serious problem particularly in the capital of Kingston. There have been proactive police measures in recent years and as a result the rate of crime dropped in 2012. However, Jamaica figures among the top five of the highest per capital homicide rates in the world, given its population of about 2.7 million and the rates of violent crimes.



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