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Chinese migrants in Africa as new agents of development? An analytical framework

Mohan, Giles and Tan-Mullins, May (2009). Chinese migrants in Africa as new agents of development? An analytical framework. European Journal of Development Research, 21(4) pp. 588–605.

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Migration from China to Africa has intensified of late on the back of initiatives by the Chinese government. Despite being a significant issue, there has been no systematic attempt to assess the economic, social and political impacts of it. This paper begins by setting out broad analytical dimensions covering the motivations to migrate and wider processes of development. The paper then assesses available data on migration trends, which are marked by speculation. Two further sections cover the policies of China towards internationalisation and Africa and the economic and sociopolitical dimensions, respectively. Economically, many large-scale Chinese firms operate in key resource sectors, but for most Africans, the Chinese presence is marked by traders in the markets. Socially, the Chinese have been welcomed in Africa although integration has been limited. However, tensions have arisen in some countries and have been exploited by African politicians.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISSN: 0957-8811
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The social and political impacts of South-South migration: A comparative analysis of Chinese migrant integration in West AfricaES/G035318/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 17972
Depositing User: Giles Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2009 10:06
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 19:25
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