Consular work has given me an insight into the startling (to me) presence of a Burmese diaspora here in Jamaica. They are for the most part very well educated medical doctors, arriving in Jamaica for internships in local hospitals, most of which seem to quickly turn into jobs. Some of these migrants open practices here on the island, some move on to third countries, entering even more developed medical markets; unsurprisingly, I have not talked to a single Burmese now in Jamaica who intends to move back to Burma to take up their inevitably junta-assigned desperate provincial medical center.
The Burmese diaspora here sparks interest in following the developments back in Burma. The democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the loudest voice of dissent against the ruling military regime, was interviewed live on the BBC’s World Have Your Say program this morning, and is worth listening to.