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The development potential of Zimbabweans in the diaspora: a survey of Zimbabweans living in the UK and South Africa

Alice Bloch

City University


SARPN acknowledges the IOM website as the source of this summary document.
Further details of the project and the full report (which runs to 93 pages) can be accessed from:
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In 2004 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Department of Sociology at City University, London, carried out a survey of the Zimbabwean diaspora living in the UK and South Africa.

This report is based on the survey of 1000 Zimbabweans - 500 respondents in the United Kingdom and 500 respondents in South Africa. The data was collected using self-completion paper questionnaires, a web based self-completion version and, for those with literacy needs, questionnaires were administered using face to face interviews. Different modes of data collection were necessary due to the diversity of potential respondents and the objective of obtaining responses that reflected this diversity. Extensive networking was carried out to identify organisations, employers and individuals that worked with or for Zimbabweans and were prepared to distribute and publicise the questionnaire. The link to the web version was posted on a number of Zimbabwean message boards and relevant web sites with the aim of ensuring as wide and diverse a sample as possible. The fieldwork took place between July and September 2004.

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