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

African diaspora experience of transnationalism, social networks and identity: The case of Zimbabwean social workers in the United Kingdom

Chogugudza Crisford (Ph.D.)
  • Chogugudza Crisford (Ph.D.)
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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  •  Received: 30 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 16 June 2021
  •  Published: 30 April 2022


This paper examines transnationalism, social networks and identity as part of the experiences of the African Diaspora, in particular, Zimbabwean social workers in the UK. The above terms are closely associated with increasing international skilled migration from Africa in the global south, to the global North where there are better employment opportunities. This paper defines transnationalism, social networks, identity, the notion of ‘home and belonging’ and the creation of the Zimbabwean community in the UK. The above concepts are gaining increased currency and importance in contemporary migration studies. The paper also looks at the link between globalisation and transnational activities by Zimbabwean social workers, as part of the African diaspora community in the UK.


Key words: African, diaspora, migrant, globalisation, transnationalism, social networks, identity