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.



Remittance flows from Portugal and South Africa to Angola

In contemporary migration literature, remittances are frequently considered as one of the most tangible and direct links between migration and development. The growth in the volume of officially recorded international remittances to developing countries has renewed the interest of many scholars, international organizations, governments, donors, and non-governmental entities on the impacts that these private financial transfers could have on the economic and social development of receiving households, communities and nations. However, remittances’ impacts on economic and social development remain a highly controversial matter.


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