Zambia Emigration and Immigration

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Zambia Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.

Finding the Town of Origin in Zambia[edit | edit source]

If you are using emigration/immigration records to find the name of your ancestors' town in Zambia, see Zambia Finding Town of Origin for additional research strategies.

Immigration into Zambia[edit | edit source]

  • Originally inhabited by Khoisan peoples, the region was affected by the Bantu expansion of the thirteenth century. Following European explorers in the eighteenth century, the British colonized the region into the British protectorates of Barotseland-North-Western Rhodesia and North-Eastern Rhodesia towards the end of the nineteenth century. These were merged in 1911 to form Northern Rhodesia. For most of the colonial period, Zambia was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa Company. On 24 October 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom.
  • Immigrants, mostly British or South African, as well as some white Zambian citizens of British descent, live mainly in Lusaka and in the Copperbelt in northern Zambia, where they are either employed in mines, financial and related activities or retired. There were 70,000 Europeans in Zambia in 1964, but many have since left the country.
  • Zambia has a small but economically important Asian population, most of whom are Arabs, Indians and Chinese. This minority group has a massive impact on the economy controlling the manufacturing sector. An estimated 80,000 Chinese are resident in Zambia. In recent years, several hundred dispossessed white farmers have left Zimbabwe at the invitation of the Zambian government, to take up farming in the Southern province.[1]

Emigration From Zambia[edit | edit source]

KNOMAD Statistics: Emigrants: 231,200. Top destination countries: South Africa, Malawi, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, the United States, Namibia, Australia, Mozambique[2]

Records of Zambia Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Zambia", in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambia#Ethnic_groups, accessed 31 July 2021.
  2. "Zambia", at KNOMAD, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, https://www.knomad.org/data/migration/emigration?page=26, accessed 31 July 2021.