Zimbabweans in Britain: Transnational activities and capabilities

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This paper explores the economic, political, social and cultural transnational exchanges of 500 Zimbabweans living in the UK. The paper examines the ways in which motivations for migration and immigration status impact on the type of transnational exchanges that take place between the UK and Zimbabwe, and also among diasporic networks elsewhere. After social contact with close family members, economic remittances form the most regular exchanges. The paper shows the ways in which remittance activities are affected by the structural exclusions, due to government policy, experienced by asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants who are prohibited from working in the regular labour market. However, it also clearly demonstrates that, with the exception of more political activity among those who left Zimbabwe for political reasons, motivations for migration have little impact on the nature of transnational exchanges among Zimbabweans in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-305
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • Exclusion
  • Immigration Status
  • Remittances
  • Transnational Exchanges
  • Zimbabweans


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