This Youtube VIDEO which is mostly an audio conversation between a Jamaican landlord and her Jamaican tenants, highlights the realities of some Jamaicans living abroad. For those who recently move overseas (whether legal or illegal), the high cost of housing is a challenge. Unable to afford their own place (renting or buying), some Jamaicans take the opportunity to room with relatives or friends.
But sometimes the stress that comes with finding a job, and integrating in a new environment put strains on existing friendship. In some cases close friends become “enemies” after living under the same roof for only a few months. Even some behaviours or situations that would be okay back in Jamaica quickly become an issue abroad.
Listen to the conversation below.
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Don’t get me wrong, this is typical amongst not only from Jamaican or other Caribbean immigrants. However there a few exceptions that I think are unique between Jamaicans.