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Known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is a lush mountainous island located in the northeastern Caribbean.  Montserrat is a lush mountainous island located in the northeastern Caribbean.  With a population of 5 900, this small island is one of the last remaining overseas Territories in the Caribbean.  

Montserrat’s story is one of resilience.  In 1995, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted, destroying Plymouth (the capital), decimating the population and devastating the economy.  Currently, a volcanic exclusion zone covers the southern half of the island.  However, redevelopment is forging ahead in the northern third of the island.

Montserrat has been forced to overcome many challenges in the past two decades, including the devastating effects of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 followed by the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano beginning in 1995.  With continued volcanic activity in Montserrat, the economy continued to suffer and unemployment rates rose.  The healthcare system suffered the loss of a new hospital, most primary care clinics, and much of the skilled workforce.  Two-thirds of the country has been declared unsafe and the population has had to relocate to the north of the island or leave completely.  To date, about 60% of the population has left.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:00