The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints

dc.contributor.advisorEllyne, Mark
dc.contributor.authorVon Burgsdorff, David Kühn
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-16T11:54:09Z
dc.date.available2020-03-16T11:54:09Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.date.updated2020-03-16T11:52:53Z
dc.description.abstractA considerable amount of research has been conducted on the topic of migration and remittances over the last few years, but the literature on the South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor remains scarce. Using a survey conducted in April 2010 of 347 Zimbabwean migrants living in the Western Cape Province, this paper is focused on three primary aims. The first is to gain an insight into the remittance-sending behaviour and patterns of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa. The second is to apply the survey data to assess underlying dynamics of the drivers that influence migrants’ remittance-sending decisions. The third is to analyze and discuss the constraints to remitting that Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa are faced with and that shape the remittance-sending landscape. The survey results show that remittance flows in the South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor are considerable, with more than 90 per cent of Zimbabwean migrants in the sample remitting on average almost a third of their income. The most significant driver of remittances was found to be the number of dependants that migrants have in Zimbabwe. Moreover, the great majority of remittances are sent through informal channels, despite the inefficiency and high costs of these. The paper concludes that there are significant market inefficiencies and impediments in South Africa that negatively impact the flow of remittances to Zimbabwe, both by driving up costs and by excluding the majority of migrants from formal remittance channels.
dc.identifier.apacitationVon Burgsdorff, D. K. (2010). <i>The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints</i>. (). ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationVon Burgsdorff, David Kühn. <i>"The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints."</i> ., ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationVon Burgsdorff, D.K. 2010. The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints. . ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Von Burgsdorff, David Kühn AB - A considerable amount of research has been conducted on the topic of migration and remittances over the last few years, but the literature on the South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor remains scarce. Using a survey conducted in April 2010 of 347 Zimbabwean migrants living in the Western Cape Province, this paper is focused on three primary aims. The first is to gain an insight into the remittance-sending behaviour and patterns of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa. The second is to apply the survey data to assess underlying dynamics of the drivers that influence migrants’ remittance-sending decisions. The third is to analyze and discuss the constraints to remitting that Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa are faced with and that shape the remittance-sending landscape. The survey results show that remittance flows in the South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor are considerable, with more than 90 per cent of Zimbabwean migrants in the sample remitting on average almost a third of their income. The most significant driver of remittances was found to be the number of dependants that migrants have in Zimbabwe. Moreover, the great majority of remittances are sent through informal channels, despite the inefficiency and high costs of these. The paper concludes that there are significant market inefficiencies and impediments in South Africa that negatively impact the flow of remittances to Zimbabwe, both by driving up costs and by excluding the majority of migrants from formal remittance channels. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - economics LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2010 T1 - The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints TI - The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationVon Burgsdorff DK. The South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints. []. ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2010 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/31596en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Economics
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerce
dc.subjecteconomics
dc.titleThe South Africa-Zimbabwe remittance corridor: an analysis of key drivers and constraints
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
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