Why does the Chinese diaspora invest heavily in China, while North Africans working outside their countries do not? Could the North African diaspora, in particular, draw inspiration from Chinese and Indian diaspora whose role of promoting economic liberalization in their countries of origin has been so important in a generation? The point is that the economic role of the North African diasporas is minor, the bulk of remittances by migrant workers being spent to purchase consumer goods. The role of the diaspora has taken exceptional magnitude in China, in the measure of the very strong growth of the economy of the country: it is estimated that two thirds of the foreign direct investments are from the diaspora. Even if such a phenomenon is unlikely to be repeated in North Africa with such a scale, could it affect the pace of economic growth in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria?
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