The average Zimbabwean remittance woman

Posted: 19th April 2011 by admin in Remittance methods

I have always wondered about her, highly educated, with a degree or diploma in nursing or education; she is most likely considered part of the middle class in Zimbabwe. She owns a house in the low density suburbs’, an ideal indicator of her success

Her 18 year old son flaunts her car around Bulawayo central Business district with the latest gadgets, designer jeans halfway down his bum, and spending money on girlfriends and booze. Her husband is probably an “upcoming entrepreneur”, rearing chickens, selling whatever product that is hot on the market. I have always been intrigued by this woman. The fruits of her labour are obvious, but what I am interested in is the woman behind the labour.

Unfortunately very little research that has been done on her, all we know is that she has played a crucial role in sustaining the economy through its most difficult economic turmoil’s.

So I decided to do a bit of surface research just to profile her:

  • She holds better academic qualifications than the host community and other African communities in the UK. Usually a degree or diploma in education or nursing.
  • She immigrated to the UK before the year 2002. Prior to 2002, Zimbabweans were a favoured group with regards to UK employment, but as political tension between Harare and London, the number of Zimbabweans refused entry into the UK decreased.
  • She has never been back to Zimbabwe since she came to the UK. About 61.4 immigrants to the UK have not gone back home to visit.
  • The primary beneficiaries for her remittances are her husband or her father and mother in Zimbabwe.
  • Is between the age of 21 and 39 and sends an average of £3,423 back home every year.

So there we go, the average remitter demystified! This is obviously a mere generalisation but I’m sure it gives a general picture of the average Zimbabwean remittance woman in the UK.

  1. map of dc says:

    It’s exhausting to search out educated folks on this subject, however you sound like you recognize what you’re speaking about! Thanks