And these show stats that are 10 years old. We know the numbers will have increased over the past 10 years. Belize's culture and mindset is changing rapidly with the influx of foreign culture, ideas, methods and religious beliefs. The gang culture embraced by Belizean youth, based on pop culture on tv is child's play compared to the gang culture we see seeping in from our neighboring countries.
With all of these immigrants, many that are illegal, we are not able to educate the kids and so they are growing up on the streets with no education. The gap of have and have nots is widening and we see more resentments between the rich and the poor and the load Belizeans and the new Belizeans.
It has been decades, generations of shift and change, and the changes are not all good. But, just as the USA evolved over the generations, we will seem extremely good thing and bad things happen with the melding of cultures, ethnicities and belief systems.
We can embrace and model the changes or we can go kicking and screaming, but the changes are happening. Let's make the most of our collectively good features and defeat the inherently bad ones!