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Migrant population in Belize was nearly 50,000 in 2010

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 10:56 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The 2010 Population and Housing Census by the Statistical Institute of Belize reports 49,819 total foreign-born population.

A majority, 54 percent, live in rural areas, primarily in the Orange Walk, Cayo, and Stann Creek Districts, the home of Belize’s leading agricultural industries, though 75 percent of the population in the Belize District lived in urban areas including Belize City and the Cayes.

More females migrated to Belize between 1980 and 1999, but otherwise more males migrate than females. The population was almost evenly divided between males and females with slightly more women.

Standards of education were generally lower than the average Belizean and most foreign-born nationals rented their houses or lived without mortgages, were more likely to use candles and about 20 percent used non-sewer toilets and wood or charcoal as fuel compared to butane.

The population includes more than 5,000 people under the age of 14.

Most foreign-born persons work for others and work in the agriculture sector and retail trade.

A majority of foreign-born persons came from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in that order. About a third lived in the Cayo District.


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