Rose Jaji (PhD)
Senior researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
This book, which came out of research conducted in 2021 with non-migrants in Zimbabwe, is set against the background of a significant increase in the number of people migrating out of Zimbabwe since the onset of the country’s economic and political woes at the turn of the twenty-first century. The book starts from the premise that in contexts where migration has become the most viable route out of economic and political turmoil, non-migration becomes the anomaly deserving scrutiny. The book sets out to explain who does not migrate and why in a country which has experienced massive emigration characterized as an “exodus” (Betts 2010; Crush and Tevera 2010; Masawi 2016). It argues that macroeconomic factors do not necessarily lead to migration and discusses how individual subjectivities mediate these factors leading to non-migration despite or, ironically, because of such factors. The non-migration decision involves a complex interplay of economic, sociocultural, and political factors such that people may not migrate even if they are adversely affected by the economic crisis and have the means to migrate.
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