Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 390

Full Length Research Paper

Do Samaritan migrants really work for the development of local communities? Evidence from Cameroon in Central Africa

  TCHOUASSI Gérard  
Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Yaoundé II, P. O Box 1365, Yaoundé, Cameroon. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 June 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011



The aim of this paper is to analyze how Samaritan migrants really work for the development of local communities in Cameroon. We have used the game theory approach that is based on the Samaritan’s Dilemma. The Samaritan Dilemma shows the superiority of collective responsibility on the individual or personal utility. Therefore, one of the solutions to development problem is to introduce and encourage other forms of altruism among individual and collective migrants who give, share and help local families and communities. In Cameroon and for many Central African countries, the Samaritan migrants constitute a major source of foreign direct investment (FDI), market development, and new technology transfer.


Key words: Samaritan migrants, altruism, well-being, local communities, cooperative game.