Returning to SVG – no land for the young?

2 05 2011

LIAT aircraft landing at ET Joshua Airport, SVG

Now more than ever, the youth of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being afforded the opportunities to venture overseas to pursue their education at university level and beyond.

Not only have they migrated to the usual USA, Canada and UK, they have taken up residence in the more far flung corners of the world… Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia… the list goes on.

On completion of their degrees and/or training, many complain that there is nothing for them to go back to if they wish to return to their homeland. Many feel that the island has not progressed sufficiently to cope with their newly acquired skills and social interests.

However, there are those who argue quite the opposite. The onus is on young returnees to carve a niche for themselves in Vincentian society.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Is the government doing enough to encourage and accommodate young Vincentian returnees? Do returnees expect too much? Is returning to SVG best left for retirement age?

Whatever they may be, let’s hear your views!