Online Survey Builds Links With the Zambian Diaspora

Posted: 
10/04/10

An online survey developed by IOM and Zambia's Office of Diaspora
Affairs (ODA) aims to gather up-to-date information on the
readiness of Zambians abroad to invest some of their savings,
skills and resources in the development of their country.

The survey will also provide an updated demographic profile of
Zambians abroad, as well as data on their skills, resources,
interests and professional experiences abroad.

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"Members of the diaspora often have questions about citizenship,
employment prospects and rules and regulations regarding possible
in-country investments," says IOM's Chief of Mission in
Zambia  Andrew Choga. “The online survey opens new
communications channels that will result in better partnerships for
development."

The platform will allow Zambians abroad to access information on
short-term skill transfers and to overcome administrative hurdles
which might hamper their desire to invest at home.

It will also enable the government to provide information to
Zambians abroad and develop diaspora-friendly policies and
legislation that will allow the diaspora to play a greater role in
national development processes.

"By taking time to complete a brief questionnaire, members of
the Zambian diaspora can effectively help to maximize the impact of
migration for national development," says IOM's Andrew Choga.

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For more information, please contact:

Oda Gilleberg

IOM Lusaka

Tel: +260 (0) 211 254 055

Cell: + 260 (0) 975 914 595

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