Washington, DC (TDN) -- Dominicans by their thousands continue to seek citizenship in the United States of America. Data from the US Department of Homeland Security show that between 2006 and 2011, 4,064 persons born in Dominica, or approximately six percent of Dominica’s current population, became naturalized United States citizens.
Of the total number of Dominicans becoming American citizens, some 57 percent were women, with the overwhelming majority, 65 percent being between the ages of 18 and 44 years old.
New York remains the state of choice for the new migrants with almost 20 percent of the total taking up residence there. It is followed by Florida and Georgia with 11 and 8 percent respectively.
Clearly, America is currently the country of choice for migrants leaving Dominica. The country has a rich history of migration, with large numbers immigrating during three distinct periods; 1959 - 1962 where the majority of the migrants went to the United Kingdom and the United States Virgin Islands; 1981 – 1993 featured the migration of entire families to the United States, Canada, and the French Caribbean territories; and 1996 - 2011 where the majority of those emigrating went to Canada and the United States.
Currently, the overwhelming number of legal and illegal migrants are estimated at upwards of 25 000 in the United States, 10 000 in the French territories, 6 000 in Canada, and about 5 000 each in St Maarten and the United Kingdom.