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Jamaicans are the citizens of Jamaica and their descendants in the Jamaican diaspora. Most Jamaicans are of African descent, with smaller minorities of Europeans, East Indians, Chinese, Mixed-Race, and others. The bulk of the Jamaican diaspora resides in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, in other Anglophone countries.

According to the official Jamaica Population Census of 1970, ethnic origins categories in Jamaica include Black, East Indian, Chinese, Syrian or Lebanese, White, Mixed, and Other races. Black workers made up 89.4% of the working population. Those of mixed race were the second most prominent labour category, making up 6% of the working population.


Many Jamaicans now live overseas and outside Jamaica, while many have migrated to Anglophone countries, including over 150,000 Jamaicans in the United Kingdom, over 250,000 Canada, over a million in the United States.

30,000 Jamaicans residing in other CARICOM member including the Bahamas (5,600), [124] Cuba (5,000), [124] Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. [22] As of November 21, 2013, an estimated 16,958 Jamaicans could be residing illegally in Trinidad & Tobago, as according to the records of the Office of the Chief Immigration Officer, their entry certificates would have since expired. [124]

Notable Jamaicans

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