We are just under 5,000 residents on the island, which means everyone knows everyone here. In fact, the camaraderie is such that all who were born here have a nickname.Included among Montserratians – or “Monstratians” as we call ourselves among friends – are immigrants from Dominica, Jamaica, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, who came to help rebuild the island after the first volcanic eruption. It is therefore not unusual to hear radio advertisements in Spanish and Haitian Creole. In addition, about 100 snowbirds own second homes here, where they spend three to six months of the year.
Montserratians who live off of the island, primarily in the UK, US and Caribbean, number around 10,000.
We are British nationals, but have our own national song.