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2. Diaspora remittances and the financing of basic social services and infrastructure in Francophone Africa south of the Sahara

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Migration is a human phenomenon that has intensified during the past several decades, reflecting the dynamics of societies and upholding the fact of its being an eternal human phenomenon. Remittances are a form of showing the attachment the migrant has with the country of origin, and one of the most visible and beneficial aspects of how international migration is reshaping the countries of origin. The hypothesis investigated by this chapter is that diaspora remittances to Francophone Africa south of the Sahara contribute to finance basic social services and infrastructures. A descriptive approach, based on literature review and secondary data shows how the contribution of diaspora remittances is filling the gap in the provision of social services that official sources cannot fill. This chapter uses the descriptive approach, based on literature review and secondary data to determine the contribution of diaspora remittances to the development of basic social services.

Keywords: basic social services; diaspora remittances; Francophone Africa; international migration; Sahara



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