Everyday Remitting and the Rise of Transnational Zimbabwe

Date : 23th February (Thursday)  
Time : 4:30PM-6:00PM
Venue: RRS 905, 9/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, HKBU 

Chair: Prof. Cindy Yik-yi Chu, Associate Director of David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, HKBU 
Speaker: Prof. Adrian J. Bailey, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKBU 

Abstract 

Globally, migrants send over $US300bn in financial remittances every year to family and communities in areas of origin. Beyond very real implications for economic development, the contemporary practises of remitting change the relations between family members and may circulate structural inequalities. This paper extends critical population and transnational theory to investigate the experiences of remitting among one relatively under-studied group: Zimbabweans living in the UK at the onset of global recession in 2008. An analysis of 306 Yorkshire-based Zimbabweans suggests that remitting is held as a near universal and profoundly important responsibility, but that it is experienced as a disruption of socialised rhythms in everyday life. The paper goes on to discuss how such arryhythmia is associated with intensifying transnational relations among Zimbabweans, and what this means for debates about brain gain and brain circulation specifically, and the role of migration in global society more generally.