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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Urban Unemployment and Migrants in Africa: Evidence From Harare 1985 and 1994
Author:Potts, Deborah
Year:2000
Periodical:Development and Change
Volume:31
Issue:4
Period:September
Pages:879-910
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:migrants
employment
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7660.00181
Abstract:This article analyses the nature of the shifts in employment and unemployment which have occurred amongst different members of migrant households in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city, and related changes in attitudes towards, and practice of, urban residence. The article discusses the problems of analysing African urban unemployment, drawing in particular on a 1997 ILO report, and presents evidence from surveys conducted in 1985, 1988 and 1994 amongst migrants who had recently come to Harare. The evidence casts doubt on the extent to which net in-migration is a major factor contributing to unemployment in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. In Zimbabwe's case, declining urban livelihoods have largely been caused by structural adjustment. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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