Mozambican Labour Migrations, Remittances and Development: Evidence, Practices and Implications for Policy

  • Sara Mercandalli
  • Christopher Changwe NshimbiEmail author
  • Inocent Moyo
Part of the Palgrave Studies of Sustainable Business in Africa book series (PSSBA)


Based on a review of the literature and interviews conducted between 2009 and 2011 with Mozambican migrants and members of their families, this chapter investigates some of the main characteristics of labour migration as well as the importance of remittances for the livelihoods of Mozambican households in the post-apartheid period. It then identifies some of the ways that can be explored in order to make the most of the potential of migration and remittances for development, instead of the prevalent dependent relationship. The chapter raises some of the challenges in the formulation of a regional labour migration policy that could promote the use of remittances for development.


Labour migrations Remittances Development Regional labour migration policy Mozambique South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Mercandalli
    • 1
  • Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
    • 2
    Email author
  • Inocent Moyo
    • 3
  1. 1.CIRAD/Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Department of Political SciencesUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science and AgricultureUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

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