Diasporas, Remittances and Africa South of the Sahara A Strategic Assessment

“This study attempts to assess the strategic value that remittances have in African
countries situated south of the Sahara. In the first part, the focus is on political
interaction between migrant communities and their homelands.Conspiracies,armed struggles and voting lobbies are not the only forms such interventions take: more subtle patterns of politics in exile are developed through ethnic transnational networks, cultural exchanges and economic influence. All things being equal, the relative significance of remittances to a national economy can confer a political role on a country‚Äôs diaspora, especially if the contributions made by the expatriates come with conditions.”