The Congolese diaspora and the politics of remittances


  • Claude Sumata Faculty of Economics and Management, National Pedagogical University
  • Jeffrey H. Cohen Ohio State University



Economic turmoil and war constitute the main engines fuelling migration in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1980. The development of migration is accompanied by remittance transfers that impact on the country. The most common use of remittances are to satisfy basic needs and fund specific family events that can include buying land, house construction and opening businesses along with consumption (education, health…). The direct transfer of material goods, such as cars and medical & IT materials, also plays a major role. While most remittances are not used to cover investments; funding education and family wellbeing can support growth and development.


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Author Biography

Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University

Jeffrey Cohen is a cultural anthropologist and his research focuses on Migration and Refugees; Economics and Development; Nutrition and Research Methodology with work in the USA, Mexico, Turkey and China. Since the early 1990s he has studied migration from communities in Oaxaca, Mexico to the US with support from the National Science Foundation. In collaboration with Ibrahim Sirkeci (Regent's University, London) he has developed a model of insecurity and migration/conflict model of migration. 


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How to Cite

Sumata, C. and Cohen, J. H. (2018) “The Congolese diaspora and the politics of remittances”, Remittances Review. London, UK, 3(2), pp. 95–108. doi: 10.33182/rr.v3i2.567.