oa East African Geographical Review - Some implications of international labour migration from Malawi

Volume 1974, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Temporary labour migration from Malawi has long been a significant feature of the economy of the country. It has been estimated that by about 1910 approximately 10 per cent of the adult male population of the country were working abroad and by 1921 this figure had probably reached 20 per cent1. Estimates for subsequent dates indicate that the proportion of male absence may have risen to 25 per cent and that for the whole period between 1921 and 1966 probably did not fall below 20 per cent. These figures are significant in themselves but they assume major proportions when broken down on a sub-regional basis. In certain localities the level of male absence reached 75 per cent and even on a District-wide level may have exceeded 60 per cent2.

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