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Remittances and sustainability of family livelihoods in Zimbabwe: Case Study of Chegutu Town

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  • Syden Mishi and Lilymore Mudziwapasi

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Zimbabwe had witnessed socio-economic challenges that resulted in mass exodus of its populace across its boarders mainly from the late 1990s. Migration can be individual or household strategy for survival and remittances play a role in transforming the household income. Making use of ordinary least squares estimation techniques, this article examines the impact of international remittances on sustainability of family livelihood in small mining town of Chegutu located in Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe using survey data. I found out that remittances go a long way in providing income for basic services like municipal services, food, medical expenses and disturbingly to a lesser extent education.

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  • Syden Mishi and Lilymore Mudziwapasi, 2014. "Remittances and sustainability of family livelihoods in Zimbabwe: Case Study of Chegutu Town," Working Papers 440, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:440
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    Keywords

    Consumption; Households; International Migration; Remittances; Economics of labour migration;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances

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