Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 218

Full Length Research Paper

Return migration and development in rural communities: The case of Nzega and Magu districts, Tanzania

George Felix Masanja
  • George Felix Masanja
  • Department of Geography, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, P. O. Box 307, Mwanza, Tanzania.
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  •  Received: 08 July 2018
  •  Accepted: 14 September 2018
  •  Published: 30 September 2018


This study examines the effects of both internal and cross-border re-migration on rural development in Tanzania mainland. Four rural communities drawn from Nzega and Magu districts were selected based on a high magnitude of rural-to-urban and cross-border labour migration; and distance from the district headquarters. 648 re-migrants were sampled from the four communities. The theoretical framework applied in this study is a structural approach to re-migration.  The analysis draws on data collected by using a descriptive cross-sectional design, adopting a mixed methods approach and a Probit regression technique used to estimate the effects of total domestic and overseas savings on various expenditure categories. Results confirm the overall hypothesis that return migration has an influence on rural development in the study areas. The study recommends for policy makers to improve the resource capacity of current migrants and their beneficiaries by stimulating rural economies through rural enterprise activities.


Key words: Return migrants, rural poverty, entrepreneurship, savings, rural development.