The Guyanese Diaspora

As a consequence of steady emigration, especially beginning in the 1970s, approximately only half of Guyanese now live within the borders of Guyana, with the remainder scattered in diaspora communities across the globe. CSIS has undertaken an in-depth study of the Guyanese diaspora, with a close focus on the overall character, size, and skills of the diaspora and the degree of engagement between the diaspora and the public and private sectors in Guyana. Coming out of these interviews and research work, the CSIS Americas Program has developed specific recommendations to promote and encourage a deeper and more mutually advantageous relationship between Guyana and the diaspora.




This report is made possible by the generous support of Exxon Mobil and Hess Corporation.

Linnea Sandin

Michael A. Matera

Lead Author and Former Director and Senior Associate, Americas Program

Maripaz Alvarez

Former Intern, Americas Program