Why are Zimbabwean migrants ambivalent about return? Insights from the project 'Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration'

PRIO Policy Brief

Mortensen, Elin Berstad (2013) Why are Zimbabwean migrants ambivalent about return? Insights from the project 'Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration', PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

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Crisis in Zimbabwe has led to a mass exodus. In the United Kingdom alone, there are now more than 200,000 Zimbab­weans. Hopes for the future increased when Zimbabwe’s ruling party and opposition formed a joint Government of National Unity in 2009. While this has not led to radical politi­cal change, the economy has been stabilized and violence has subsided. As a result, Zimbab­wean migrants in the UK have begun to look to Zimbabwe for new opportunities. When asked about returning to Zimbabwe, however, they give contradictory and ambivalent answers. This policy brief explains why.

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Elin Berstad Mortensen

Elin Berstad Mortensen

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