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22 Oct 2015

Untapped potential: Engaging Basotho diasporas in the South for national development

As a landlocked country with high rates of emigration, Lesotho widely relies on the resources of its migrants. This study seeks to analyse how Basotho emigrants in the South can become more engaged in the human development of their home country?

In the framework of the development of a new migration policy, the Government of Lesotho has requested the ACP Observatory to explore potential ways to enhance the contribution of diasporas.

This publication reviews the existing evidence on Basotho diasporas in the South and proposes key elements of a diaspora policy, in line with practices implemented in other contexts and major recommendations emerged from international migration debates.

  • List of acronyms
  • List of tables and figures
  • Executive summary
  • 1. Introduction and background
    • 1.1 Objectives and methodology
    • 1.2 The challenges of an online study
    • 1.3 Structure and results of the study
  • 2. Lesotho migration profile
    • 2.1 Literature review
    • 2.1 The Lesotho migration context
  • 3. Basotho diasporas in the South
    • 3.1 Characteristics of a diaspora
    • 3.2 Definition of a diaspora
    • 3.3 Lesotho diaspora profile
  • 4. The need for a diaspora policy framework in Lesotho
    • 4.1 Voices from the interviews
    • 4.2 Diaspora-related activities of Lesotho embassies
  • 5. Recommendations for a diaspora policy
    • 5.1 Characteristics of a diaspora policy
    • 5.2 Elements of a diaspora Policy
    • 5.3 Policy coherence: The role of stakeholders
  • 6. Conclusions
  • 7. Bibliographical references
  • Annex: Interviewed partners in Lesotho