Don’t Come Back Yet, Diaspora Zimbos Warned
Zimbabweans will not advise their relatives in the diaspora to come back home, at least for now.
According to a survey conducted by the Zimbabwe-based Industrial Psychological Consultants, 93.6% of the respondents would not advise their relatives in the diaspora to come back to Zimbabwe at the moment.
The survey asked respondents what they would advise their relatives in the diaspora: “hold on, there is still a long way to go” or to “come back home now, employment opportunities are available”. Only 6.4% said they would advise their relatives to come back home.
Compared to December 2013, this represents a 6% rise in people who feel their relatives are better off in the diaspora than employed in Zimbabwe.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, 87.60% said they would advise their relatives to hold on.
The advice is, however, not surprising considering that only one in every 10 of the respondents indicated that they believe the economy was improving.
According to the survey, 88.40% of the respondents said that the economy is not improving.
There is little feeling of job security among the employed, with nearly six in every 10 (57.50%) of the respondents saying they do not feel secure in their current job.
Ironically the survey comes at a time more than 40 000 Zimbabweans face deportation from South Africa after they failed to meet the deadline to apply for permits under that country’s Zimbabwean special permit window.