Understanding Diaspora Transnationalism

Part of the Palgrave Studies of Entrepreneurship in Africa book series (PSEA)


This chapter provides an overview of the notion of diaspora transnationalism which underpins much of the argument of the book. The chapter draws on the historical perspectives to elaborate on the origins of remittances and diaspora direct investment. The analysis goes back to the prehistoric roots of migratory movements geared at seeking additional resources and remitting to left-behind relatives in the country of origin (COO). From these historical accounts, it is clear that remittances play an important role in assuring the welfare of family and by extension the nation-state. Contemporary diaspora transnationalism espouses similar contours though it takes different forms and is enhanced by modern technology and global forces.


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