About two-thirds of the respondents
to last week’s caycompass.com online poll want Cayman’s population to either
stay the same or to grow or shrink a little.
Of the 367 respondents to the poll,
81 of them (22 per cent) thought Cayman’s population should remain the same.
“I am of the
view that population growth needs to stay the same – large decreases or
increases would not bode well for the economy or the socioeconomic welfare of
the country,” said one person.
infrastructure of the Island catch up to the population it serves,” said
same number of respondents – 80 people or 21.8 per cent – thought Cayman’s
population should grow a little.
over our traditional values and simple life when we caved to the US as an
offshore tax haven,” said one person. “Then we became greedy so we opened up
the doors and let people in so we can keep what we have going. Now some say
let’s kick them all out and start over. We can’t have it both ways and that’s
what we keep trying for.”
The exact same
number of respondents (80 people or 21.8 per cent) thought the population
should shrink a little.
“We need to
reduce the number of work permit holders and get most if not all of the
unemployed Caymanians working,” said one person. “Whether we admit it or not,
this upsurge in crime is directly linked to unemployment.”
people (15.8 per cent) thought the population needed to shrink a lot.
“We need to
get back to a manageable number of people that the Island can support,” said
“The type of
population that needs to shrink is the non-Caymanians because Caymanians are outnumbered
in their own country,” said another person.
“Before we had
so much expats here we had a better country,” said someone else.
been said that cheap labour is the destruction of a country,” said another
people (14.4 per cent) thought the population needed to grow a lot and 15
people (four per cent) responded “I don’t know” to the question.
Next week’s poll question:
On a long-term
basis, where do you think the cargo port should be located?
where it is now
in George Town Harbour
in the North Sound
in this poll, visit www.caycompass.com.