The movement of people and capital within the Caribbean region is a further factor that makes the overall migration of skills and its impact more complex. The trends in the extra-regional movement are mirrored at the regional scale. The countries with the lower income levels are the net exporters of skilled migrants to the region. While regional skill exchange is regarded as a good thing, and policies are being developed to facilitate this, there has been reluctance on the part of some governments because of its disparities in regional development levels and the imbalance that could occur in an environment of the free movement of labour.
Despite the high proepensity of Caribbean people to migrate, the movement was traditionally seen as temporary measure to achieve a range of objectives. This was associated with an intrinsic intention to return at some time. The homeward orientation of migrants together with the obligations to household and family members who remain in the home country resulted in the maintenance of strong linkages between migrant and non-migrant individuals and communities. As travel and means of communicating have been increasingly easy and expensive throughout the twentieh century, so the opportunities for interaction and circulation of people, goods and information have increase commensurately.