A Study of the Impact of Remittances from Portugal and South Africa

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This study sheds some light into the kinds of relationships that Angolans living in Portugal and South Africa keep with their country of origin, focusing on the financial remittances that they send back to Angola, as well as on aspects such as the level of organization and the transnational engagement of these communities in the development of their country of origin. This study shows that there are many opportunities to further involve Angolans abroad in development cooperation. Facilitating remittance transfers through the adoption of appropriate policies and regulations, to foster competition among service providers in bilateral corridors as well as internally, is one example. Most importantly, reaching out to Angolans in Portugal and south Africa and building trust among these groups seems to be a precondition for enhancing the role of Angolan diasporas in development.



Migration in Angola

As an introduction to this section, it is worth recognizing that the dearth of data and data deficiencies are major limitations to our understanding of overall migration characteristics within and outside Angola, and it continues to hinder the formulation of adequate migration and development policies. As suggested by Ammassari (2005), the development of an integrated migration data management system for Angola would be of value. Taking into consideration these difficulties, this section provides a brief description of the emigration dynamics and migration patterns followed by Angolan migrants currently living in Portugal and South Africa.


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