Migrating Out of Poverty in Zimbabwe

27 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019

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Vupenyu Dzingirai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eva-Maria Egger

University of Sussex

Loren Landau

University of the Witwatersrand

Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics

Patience Mutopo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kefasi Nyikahadzoi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

This paper present preliminary results from the MOOP household survey conducted in Zimbabwe in 2015. We provide a profile of migrants and of their households and also explore perceptions of the value of migration. Finally we provide an agenda for further research using our data. Two observations are worthy of further research. First is the finding that male migrants send more money home to their families than female migrants, which we suggest is due to differences in job opportunities available to migrant’s at their destination (skilled construction for men and domestic work for women). However this finding ignores the value of non-cash remittances, which we intend to explore in future work. We also find that households while generally positive about the value of migration to their living standards, are less positive in the context of international migration. We suggest this reflects recent events in South Africa, not least the devaluation of the Rand and an intensification of xenophobia.

Suggested Citation

Dzingirai, Vupenyu and Egger, Eva-Maria and Landau, Loren and Litchfield, Julie and Mutopo, Patience and Nyikahadzoi, Kefasi, Migrating Out of Poverty in Zimbabwe (September 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3300791

Vupenyu Dzingirai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eva-Maria Egger (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Loren Landau

University of the Witwatersrand ( email )

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
GA 2000
South Africa

Julie Litchfield

University of Sussex Department of Economics ( email )

School of Business, Management and Economics
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RF
United Kingdom

Patience Mutopo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kefasi Nyikahadzoi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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