WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23: The Department of Statistics today released its final 2010 Census analytical brief, entitled “Emigration: Bermuda’s Qualified Human Capital Departs.” This brief paints a picture of the demographic characteristics of Bermuda’s emigrants by age, sex, race, Bermudian status, highest academic qualification and occupation between the years 2000 and 2010. 

In addition, the brief provides information regarding the reasons persons emigrated and potential explanations on the countries/regions of destination chosen; such as emigration to the United Kingdom since the introduction of the British Overseas Territories Act, 2002, allowing Nationals from Overseas Territories to obtain a British passport. The brief also highlights the impact of the loss of skilled human resources or ‘the brain drain’, as a result of persons leaving the island to reside overseas.

This is the first time a census has collected information on Bermuda’s former residents who have emigrated abroad. 

Highlights of the emigration analysis include:

  • A total of 1,121 persons emigrated from Bermuda between 2000 and 2010.
  • The median age of emigrants was 28 years.
  • 70% of all emigrants were Bermudian while 27% were non-Bermudian.
  • Emigration flows were highest at 41% during the period 2007 – 2009.
  • Residents emigrated to the United States of America (39%) and the United Kingdom (25%) more than any other country.
  • Of the Bermudian emigrant degree holders, 83% were under 35 years of age.
  • Employment was the most common reason why persons left Bermuda.
  • Emigrants were primarily professionals (29%) and service and sales workers (19%).

The census analytical brief is available on the Department of Statistics website at www.statistics.gov.bm or for collection from its office.