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.




The realization of this study would not have been possible without the financial support of IOM 1035 Facility and the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Angola, through the Institute Providing Support to Angolan Communities Abroad. The author is grateful to the research teams that collected the data used in this study, led by Monica Goracci, with the support of Frederica Rodrigues in IOM Lisbon; Katharina Schnoring, with the support of Leticia Gallardo in IOM Luanda; and Lisselott Verduijn and Yukiko Kumashiro, with the support of Judith Kammerer and Collen Mutheiwana in IOM Pretoria. The author wishes to thank Ambassador Mario Felix and Dr. Clemente Camenha from Institute Providing Support to Angolan Communities Abroad (IAECAE)/MIREX. Thanks to Newton Muli, who created the databases. The input of our NGO partner Development Workshop, especially of Rolando Villanueva, on the analysis of the household survey carried out in Angola is also much appreciated. Special thanks also go to the Labour and Facilitated Migration Division in IOM Headquarters for their input and for supporting the realization of this research project.


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