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Title:Transnational connections and education in the Somali context
Author:Lindley, AnnaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies
Geographic term:Somaliland
Subjects:educational financing
capital movements
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531050802401767
Abstract:International migration or displacement is usually represented as a 'brain drain' for emigrants' countries of origin, particularly in Eastern Africa. There are, however, other potential strands in the relationship between people's migration and education that have received less attention, but merit consideration, including transnational connections such as migrants' remittances to their families. This paper focuses on Somaliland, where conflict both severely damaged the educational system and provoked mass emigration. The paper argues that migration and transnational connections shape access to, choices about, and provision of formal education in contemporary Somali society. It identifies and explores three key channels of influence: emigration and return to the country of origin; migrants' cash remittances to family members; and diaspora philanthropy. Related policy issues are also considered. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]