Antigua and Barbuda Emigration and Immigration

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Finding the Town of Origin in Antigua and Barbuda[edit | edit source]

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Antigua and Barbuda Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.


Immigration into Antigua and Barbuda[edit | edit source]

  • The Spanish did not colonize Antigua until after a combination of European and African diseases, malnutrition, and slavery eventually extirpated most of the native population; smallpox was probably the greatest killer.
  • The English settled on Antigua in 1632 and on Barbuda in 1685.
  • Tobacco and then sugar was grown, worked by a large population of slaves from West Africa who soon came to vastly outnumber the European settlers.
  • The English maintained control of the islands, repulsing an attempted French attack in 1666.
  • The brutal conditions endured by the slaves led to revolts in 1701 and 1729 and a planned revolt in 1736, discovered before it began. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833, affecting the economy. This was exacerbated by natural disasters such as the 1843 earthquake and the 1847 hurricane.
  • Antigua has a population of 96,286, mostly made up of people of West African, British, and Madeiran descent. The ethnic distribution consists of 91% Black & Mulatto, 4.4% mixed race, 1.7% White, and 2.9% other (primarily East Indian and other Asian). Most Whites are of British descent.
  • Christian Levantine Arabs, and a small number of Asians and Sephardic Jews make up the remainder of the population.
  • A minority of Antiguan residents are immigrants from other countries, particularly from Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica, and, increasingly, from the Dominican Republic, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Nigeria.
  • An estimated 4,500 American citizens also make their home in Antigua and Barbuda, making their numbers one of the largest American populations in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean.[1]

Emigration From Antigua and Barbuda[edit | edit source]

  • An increasingly large percentage of the population lives abroad, most notably in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. [1]

Records of Antigua and Barbuda Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 "Antigua and Barbuda", in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda#Demographics, accessed 25 July 2021.