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The Development Potential of Zimbabweans in the Diaspora

A Survey of Zimbabweans Living in the UK and South Africa

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This report draws on findings from a survey of 1,000 Zimbabweans living in the United Kingdom and South Africa and aims to obtain a profile in terms of their skills base, transnational links and interest in contributing to development. It examines the education and employment skills base of respondents on arrival in either the UK or South Africa and their educational qualifications and employment at the time of the survey. Transnational activities are also explored, including the sending of economic and other remittances.

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Executive summary

This report is based on a survey of 1,000 Zimbabwean nationals – 500 respondents in the United Kingdom and 500 respondents in South Africa. The data were collected using self-completion paper questionnaires, a web-based self-completion version and, for those with literacy needs, questionnaires were administered using face-to-face interviews. Different modes of data collection were necessary due to the diversity of potential respondents and the objective of obtaining responses that reflected this diversity. Extensive networking was carried out to identify organizations, employers and individuals who worked with or for Zimbabweans and were prepared to distribute and publicize the questionnaire. The link to the web version was posted on a number of Zimbabwean message boards and relevant web sites with the aim of ensuring as wide and diverse a sample as possible. The fieldwork took place between July and September 2004.

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