An exodus of Bermudians Leaving the Island PLP Don’t Care says OBA’s Jarion Richardson

At some point, the Government must stop publishing what we all know and start making the hard decisions.

Bermudians have left the island in droves over the last few years and sadly we can’t even say how many because it seems quite frankly, that the PLP Government didn’t care. At one point it was young people who were leaving, now sadly, it’s seniors and those who are soon to be, so that they can find easier ways to enjoy their golden years. A travesty.

Unless the country is successful in increasing the working population within the next five years, the results will be even worse.

This is exactly what happens when we successfully politicize demographics and economics. The subsequent tinkering with work permits has failed. The PLP Government has failed with immigration reform under successive Ministers.

They’ve chased away those from overseas and Bermudians alike – we’ve created economic refugees.

Healthcare continues its steady decline toward unsustainability and our economy continues to shrink. The delay in comprehensive immigration reform has made our situation even more precarious and the consequences of failure even worse.

It’s time for Government to give up on the easy decisions and start making hard decisions. The time for proposing, discussing, reviewing, and considering has long since passed.

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