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The CARICOM Agreement on Social Security

  • Responsible Organisations: Caribbean Community Secretariat (International Organisation)
  • ILO Regions: Americas
  • Country(ies): Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom
  • Thematic areas: Protection; Regional labour mobility
  • MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.


Signed in 1996, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Agreement on Social Security has aimed to harmonise the social security legislation of CARICOM Member States. Workers and their dependants who are registered in one of the ratifying Member States are entitled to benefits paid by the social security schemes in the countries in which they have contributed, but with some limitations. The benefits covered by the Agreement include contributory pensions for invalidity, disability, old age, and death and survivors' benefits. Maternity allowances or sickness benefits are not covered. The Agreement is seen as key in facilitating the free movement of labour within the CARICOM Single Market, as it applies to those who are moving to another country to work or have worked in two or more countries that have implemented the Agreement. The Agreement is not in effect in Suriname and Haiti.


last updated on 04.05.2015^ top