n Africa Insight - Exploring transnational spaces of Chinese migrants in Africa

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The speed and scale of China's recent commercial, social and diplomatic engagement of the African continent has inspired a great deal of attention and, at times, controversy. Fears of neocolonial exploitation, foreign 'invasion' of local economies and organised crime are juxtaposed with optimism about the positive effects of Chinese investments, given the need for improvement of infrastructure networks, access to a variety of cheap consumer goods, and general stimulation of economic growth. This paper seeks to synthesise the scarce existing literature on Chinese migrants in Africa, doing so through a focus on the types of transnational, social and economic spaces that are created through migrants' border crossing trajectories, practices and identities.

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