Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Volume 9, Issue 1, 2017

Article 5
Migration and Intercultural Relations in the Caribbean Region

John W. Berry
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia


There is probably no more serious challenge to attaining social stability and cohesion in the contemporary world than the management of intercultural relations within culturally plural societies. These goals are important to achieve because they underpin mutual acceptance and trust across cultural groups. The successful attainment of these goals depends on many factors, including a research-based understanding of the historical, political, economic, religious and psychological features of the groups that are in contact. Currently, there are unprecedented numbers of individuals and groups who live outside their countries of origin, as refugees, immigrants. And migrant workers these new arrivals have added to the diverse populations who have already settled over previous generations in these societies. In the Caribbean Region, all these phenomena are underway, and need to be examined across the states and territories of the region. The core question we all face is “How shall we all live together?”