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Skilled Egyptian diaspora contributions to Egypt

Skilled Egyptian diaspora contributions to Egypt Purpose – The study aims to learn of the contributions of the skilled Egyptian diaspora to the development of Egypt; to understand how these contributions differ according to their characteristics; and to discover obstacles and incentives to these contributions in the areas of investment, entrepreneurship, and return migration. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 384 skilled Egyptian diasporans were surveyed online using a snowball sampling technique. Data were analyzed through frequency analyses, crosstabulations, and chi‐square statistics. Findings – The skilled Egyptian diaspora did make some contributions to Egypt; especially in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, return migration, remittances, and charity. However, their potential is not fully utilized. Contributions of the diaspora differed according to their age, industry, and prior work in Egypt. Government bureaucracy, unfair competition, and lack of innovation acted as obstacles to diaspora engagement, while the attractiveness of the Egyptian market, availability of labor, and the Egyptian culture acted as incentives. Research limitations/implications – The use of a non‐probability sample poses challenges to the generalizability of the results. The use of questionnaires meant that more in‐depth analysis was not possible to obtain. Practical implications – Government reform, market stimulation, and better outreach programs are needed for further diaspora mobilization. Originality/value – Not enough research has been conducted to gauge the effect of the diaspora in Egypt even though they represent an important development opportunity for the country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues Emerald Publishing

Skilled Egyptian diaspora contributions to Egypt

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-7983
DOI
10.1108/17537981011089550
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Abstract

Purpose – The study aims to learn of the contributions of the skilled Egyptian diaspora to the development of Egypt; to understand how these contributions differ according to their characteristics; and to discover obstacles and incentives to these contributions in the areas of investment, entrepreneurship, and return migration. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 384 skilled Egyptian diasporans were surveyed online using a snowball sampling technique. Data were analyzed through frequency analyses, crosstabulations, and chi‐square statistics. Findings – The skilled Egyptian diaspora did make some contributions to Egypt; especially in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, return migration, remittances, and charity. However, their potential is not fully utilized. Contributions of the diaspora differed according to their age, industry, and prior work in Egypt. Government bureaucracy, unfair competition, and lack of innovation acted as obstacles to diaspora engagement, while the attractiveness of the Egyptian market, availability of labor, and the Egyptian culture acted as incentives. Research limitations/implications – The use of a non‐probability sample poses challenges to the generalizability of the results. The use of questionnaires meant that more in‐depth analysis was not possible to obtain. Practical implications – Government reform, market stimulation, and better outreach programs are needed for further diaspora mobilization. Originality/value – Not enough research has been conducted to gauge the effect of the diaspora in Egypt even though they represent an important development opportunity for the country.

Journal

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 9, 2010

Keywords: Migrant workers; Skilled workers; Egypt

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