What is it about?

The study explains diasporas use the knowledge and wealth they have gained in the UK together with support from trusted family, kinship and business ties at home to develop enterprises. It explains how they overcome challenges at home and abroad.

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Why is it important?

The study found that institutional factors that force migrants to leave their home countries to seek greener pastures abroad may later become pull factors that enable them to engage in successful enterprises in their home countries.


It is hoped that this article will encourage African diaspora entrepreneurs to use informal institutions that constrain foreign investors as assets that can help them develop new businesses in Africa. It is also hoped that the study will encourage policymakers in Africa to set up effective diaspora investment programmes that can attract African diaspora entrepreneurs to do business at home.

Dr Frank Nyame-Asiamah
De Montfort University

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This page is a summary of: Diaspora entrepreneurs’ push and pull institutional factors for investing in Africa: Insights from African returnees from the United Kingdom, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, March 2020, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119876.
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