Jamaicans in Switzerland

Jamaicans in Switzerland

If you are wondering who is this lovely couple its actually one of our Jamaican neighbors here in Switzerland!
Stephanie Schwab and her husband Maurice Earle have migrated to Switzerland in 2017 and currently reside in Basel. We wished to offer you some insight on their experience in moving to a completely different country. Stephanie is answering our questions.

Why Switzerland?
“My husband and I love Europe and Switzerland, and for some time we considered living somewhere new (after living in the U.S. for many years) and based on my Swiss citizenship (My paternal grandparents are actually Swiss. They moved to Jamaica when my father was very young for my grandfather’s work assignment. After the contract ended they continued to live in Jamaica and they never moved back to Switzerland), we decided to move here. That aside, we think Switzerland is such a great country, very organized, diplomatic, safe, with a high standard of living and we thought it would be a great place for new opportunities and to eventually raise a family here.”

Welcome to the first edition

Our new board seeks to continue the great work and effort that has been done before us whilst breathing new life into areas that have untapped potential by providing new opportunities and experiences for our members.

The Board’s mandate is to honour the Association’s bylaws and a) be a focal
point for the Jamaican community residing in Switzerland by providing
networking opportunities, educational and social activities and assist newly
arriving Jamaican residents, b) promote the people, culture and environment of Jamaica, in so doing enhancing the country’s image as a worthy tourist
destination, c) provide fundraising avenues to support Jamaican educational
institutions and d) contribute to the cultural diversity of the Swiss society . This dynamic, dedicated and passionate team looks forward to serving the community and shape a better future for Jamaican in Switzerland and Jamaica.

We are happy to present this newsletter a a means of us feeling more at home and a part of a family. Every moth we will interview someone here with a inspiring or relatable story so that we can all feel the empathy. We also want to bring nostalgia with Jamaican songs and cultural literature as you will see later on.