Resident Foreigners & Immigrants In Trinidad
I've been noticing the trends with respect to foreigners over the last decade or so
The Chinese population seems to be increasing consistently with all the new restaurants and variety stores opening up. They are the biggest and most obvious set of immigrants to Trinidad.
Latinos and Spaniards
The [Venezuelan] population seems to be wavering. From 1999 to 2005, there were loads of [Venezuelans] and [Hispanics] on the streets of Port-of-Spain. They seemed to have declined in number but now seem to be increasing again based on the Spanish speaking people that I hear about me. Two days ago, I met my first [Venezuelan] taxi driver and I chatted away in Spanish with him. In the back seat were three other Spanish speaking men so the entire car was Spanish speaking. I was proud to meet my first [Argentinian] here in the E.W.M.S.C. With an Italian surname. I asked him where he's from and then told me then I chatted away with him in Spanish. There are the usual [Cubans] in the Medical Complex.
There are [Spaniards] here in Trinidad which I find fascinating and some working with REPSOL and Caribbean Airlines and in the private sector. I saw this on the Spanish program "Espanoles en el mundo" (Spaniards around the world) where they did a Trinidad segment and interviewed the [Spaniards] here. I was amazed. One [Spaniard] claimed that they are confused with [Venezuelans] here but they all seemed to like it.
The Grenadian and Vincentian presence seems to be subtle and whilst I know that they are around, I can't say exactly how much. They integrate very subtly into the society. Immigration officials have always been acting favorably towards them.
I am also seeing Jamaicans like I've never seen them before.
I see a lot of [Afro-Guyanese] around. I don't see much [Indo-Guyanese] surprisingly though I know that they are here.
Americans, Canadians and British
I see people who look like northern [Europeans] walking around the malls and their numbers seem to be solid. There is already a thread on "White foreigners in Trinidad" and we know there's the oil expatriate crowd.
I used to go to a church that is run by a Nigerian and it attracted the [Africans] resident here. They are more tribal that patrifocal than we are in the [Caribbean]. I observed greater boldness on their part as well. I met some nice people though and I like their sense of humour. I met my first Zimbabwean last week which was nice and I see Botswanean students occasionally.
They seem to be doctors, lecturers and business owners. I have no idea of the continental [Indian] presence in Trinidad.
All in all, what have been your observations in immigration over the last decade and what have been your experiences with them? Do you think that it is good for Trinidad and Tobago?
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